The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the centre to furnish the ‘pricing and strategic’ details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets that were purchased from France. The SC asked the government to submit the details in a sealed cover within 10 days.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices, U U Lalit and K M Joseph ordered that it “would like to be apprised of the details with regard to pricing, advantages thereof”.
The Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had objected on the sharing of details of the deal including its pricing citing that it would be covered under Official Secrets Act. Considering the objection, the Court said that whatever documents that could be legitimately produced in the public domain should be given to the petitioners.
Furthermore, all other documents covered under the Official Secrets Act should be given to the Court in a sealed cover.
The petitioners, including Former Union Ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha and advocate Prashant Bhushan had filed PILs seeking a monitored CBI probe into in the Rafale deal.
Earlier, on October 10, the bench had sought details of the steps involved in the decision that lead to the Rafale deal. However, these details sought from the Attorney General did not cover pricing considering the sensitivity of the deal.