Supreme Court to hear Plea against Rafale deal on October 10

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The Supreme Court will hear a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France on October 10.

On Monday, A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said it would hear the PIL filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who is seeking a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA to the apex court in a sealed cover.

The petition also sought information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault.

The apex court on October 10 will also be hearing the earlier PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph adjourned the matter till October 10 after Sharma told the bench that he wanted to file some extra documents in the case and sought an adjournment in the matter.

In his petition, advocate Sharma has alleged discrepancies in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France and sought a stay on it. He also said that the inter-government deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.

A similar plea was filed in the apex court in March by Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla, seeking an independent enquiry into the Rafale deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.