Supreme Court seeks details of decision-making process on Rafale deal

Supreme Court seeks details of decision-making process on Rafale deal

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a report from the Centre on the details of the decision-making process involved in finalising the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. The three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph gave the order without issuing a notice to the Centre, Bar and Bench reported.

"We would like to be appraised of the details of the steps in the decision-making process in the Rafale deal," the Supreme Court said, after hearing Public Interest Litigations (PIL) against the Rs 30,000-crore agreement.

However, the three-judge bench made it clear that the Centre's report need not include details of the price of the jets or other technical information. This comes as a blow for the Congress, which has been demanding that the government reveal the price at which each of the 36 jets were purchased, but the Centre has been maintaining that a confidentiality clause in the Rafale deal did not allow them to disclose the figure.

On Monday, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear a fresh PIL on Wednesday on the Rafale deal between India and France. In the PIL, the petitioner had sought a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the agreement and comparative prices agreed upon during the tenures of both the United Progressive Alliance and the incumbent National Democratic Alliance. This PIL was fi...

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