While hearing on the petitions, challenging the Rafale deal, the Supreme Court of India asked the government to provide the details about the decision-making process of the controversial Rafale deal.
While asking for the details, Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi clarified that it is not seeking for the price of the 36 jets, it just wants the details of the decision-making process of the deal.
“We are making it clear that we have not taken into account the allegations raised by the petitions. Order only to satisfy that the decision making process was followed.”
– CJI Gogoi clarified.
The order came from a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on a batch of PILs, including the one seeking directions to the Centre to file in “sealed cover” the details of the agreement India has entered into with France for buying 36 Rafale Fighter Jets.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal who was representing the government in the court stated, ” The purchase details of Rafale deal is a matter of National security and it can’t be revealed out.”
Congress has been alleging that Narendra Modi- led government is overpaying for the Rafale jets to the Dassault Aviation- French company.
It also alleged that the offset deal is to provide undue benefits to the just established Anil Ambani owned- Reliance Aerospace Company.
Former President of France Francois Hollande had earlier stated that Anil Ambani owned, Reliance was Indian Government’s choice, to be appointed as an offset partner, which even heated the discussion on Rafale deal, the opposition called it a Corruption deal.
Recently, Arun Shourie and Lawyer Prashant Bhushan submitted a 32-page complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act, which emphasized the reasons why the alleged deal needs to be investigated.
Several other petitions have been filed, to block the controversial Rafale deal and the offset deal. Opposition parties have repeatedly demanded a legal investigation of the deal.