Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

Rafale deal: SC asks govt to file details about aircraft pricing in a sealed cover

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought more information from the government on the Rafale combat jet deal, including its pricing and deemed advantages.

As counsel Prashant Bhushan pressed for a court-monitored CBI probe, the Chief Justice told him to wait

The three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, justice SK Kaul and justice K M Joseph told the Centre it should state in an affidavit the “difficulty” in sharing the information on pricing after Attorney General KK Venugopal it would not be possible for the government to provide pricing details to the court since this information had not been provided to Parliament either.

The Supreme Court, which is hearing petitions questioning the deal, told Attorney General KK Venugopal to make this point in their affidavit.

The bench said they had received the report about the process and wanted the government to share them with the petitioners too to the extent possible.

“We are of the view that the information conveyed upon in the report, which can be legitimately be brought into the public domain be made available to the lead counsel of the petitioners in all cases. Along with the said facts, further details that could legitimately come in the public domain with respect to the induction of the Indian offset partner, if any, be also furnished to the lead counsel of the parties,” the bench ordered.

It said that if there were any details that “may be considered to be strategic and confidential” may at this stage be placed before the court and may not be furnished to the petitioners.

As counsel Prashant Bhushan pressed for a court-monitored CBI probe, the Chief Justice told him to wait.

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