Rafale deal: Centre submits decision-making details in SC

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New Delhi: The Centre has submitted the details to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover about its decision-making process that resulted in award of Rafale Jet purchase deal to French firm Dassault Aviation.

On October 10, a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had sought the details from the Centre saying that it just wanted to be satisfied with the legitimacy of the decision-making process of the deal.

The court had made it clear that it does not want information on pricing and technical details of the Rafale aircraft deal and asked the Centre to apprise it of the details in a sealed cover by October 29.

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 had opposed the PILs and sought their dismissal on the ground that they were ‘politically motivated’ filed to gain political mileage.

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