Supreme Court seeks Rafale deal details from Centre

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process that resulted in award of Rafale Jet purchase deal to French firm Dassault Aviation in a sealed cover.

A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph made it clear that it does not want information on pricing and technical details of the Rafale aircraft deal. The bench said that it just wanted to be satisfied with the legitimacy of the decision-making process of the deal.

The apex court sought the information in a sealed cover from the Centre by October 29 and posted the hearing to October 31.

The deal was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former French president Francois Hollande in 2016.

The two PILs were filed by Supreme Court lawyers Vineet Dhanda and ML Sharma seeking an investigation into Rafale deal, besides quashing the agreement in case it is found to be corrupt.

Petitioner ML Sharma argued that there was corruption in the Rs 59,000 crore deal for 36 fighters from France’s Dassault.

On the other hand, the Centre opposed the PILs and sought their dismissal on the ground that they were ‘politically motivated’ filed to gain political mileage.

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