The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal in a sealed cover. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that “We are not on suitability of Rafale jets but only on decision making process of the deal. Information shall be placed in sealed cover.”
The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, however, made it clear it does not want information on pricing and technical details of the deal with France.
The court was hearing various petitions seeking directions, including asking the Centre to reveal details of the Rafale deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the apex court. The petitioner has also requested for information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault Aviation.
The Centre opposed the PILs in court and sought that they be dismissed on the ground that they were filed to gain political mileage. Attorney General K K Venugopal told the apex court that the issue in question pertains to national security and such issues cannot be reviewed judicially.
The top court clarified that it was not taking into account allegations made in petitions. The Centre has been asked to provide the information by October 29. The court has fixed the next date of hearing on October 31.