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The Supreme Court today sought more details from the Central government on the Rafale deal, including pricing of the aircraft and its advantages.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph heard a batch of petitions seeking a probe into the alleged irregularities associated with the deal.
The Court directed the Centre to share that information with the parties, which it has shared with the Court. It also asked the Centre to make available to all, those details which the Centre feels should legitimately be in the public domain.
Importantly, the Court also sought details including the pricing of the Rafale aircraft and its advantages. The same has to be given to the Court in a sealed cover within ten days.
Attorney General KK Venugopal however objected to the disclosure of pricing details, submitting that it is covered under the Official Secrets Act.
CJI Gogoi then asked him to submit the objections on affidavit, stating,
“We will consider the same.”
When one of the petitioners, Prashant Bhushan, brought up the prayer of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said “that can wait” and that the Court will first consider all details of the Rafale deal.
The matter is now scheduled to be heard on November 14.
Read the order: