SC seeks details of decision-making process on Rafale deal

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to provide details of the decision-making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France in a sealed cover.

The bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, also made it clear that the information sought was not related to pricing or suitability of the jets.

The apex court, however, did not issue a notice to the government and made it clear that the court isn’t taking into account arguments made by the petitioner.

The court sought information from the the government on the decision making process in the deal in a sealed cover by October 29.

The court was hearing various petitions seeking directions, which includes 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 deal was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French president Francois Hollande in 2016.