It may be a setback to Narendra Modi’s regime, which has been avoiding to share any key details with regard to Rafale deal, as the Supreme court today asked the government to share pricing and strategic details of Rafale fighter-jet aircraft in a sealed envelope.
The apex court has directed the Centre to submit details about the pricing of Rafale jets and it’s advantages in 10 days. The Attorney General objected to this demand claiming this information is not privy even to Parliament. However, the court has left the choice for Centre to disclose the price or costing of jets. The matter will be examined next on November 14.
The court also asked to supply the information to petitioners which can be put in public domain. “Details considered strategic and confidential may be shared in a sealed cover with the court,” said the CJI headed bench.
Two former union ministers Arun Shourie, Yashwanth Sinha and Lawyer Prashant Bhushan have sought registration of an FIR into the fighter jet deal between India and France alleging “criminal misconduct” by high public functionaries.
India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of the Indian Air Force equipment. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.