Centre files Rafale deal details in SC

The Centre on Friday submitted to the Supreme Court details of the decision-making process for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets in a fly-away condition from France's Dassault Aviation.

The details of the decision-making process were filed with the Secretary General of the Supreme Court in a sealed cover as directed by the Court on October 10 while hearing a PIL by advocate M.L. Sharma.

Directing that the information be furnished in a sealed cover and should reach the court by October 29, the court had said it was not issuing notice to the respondents.

The court had sought information from the government as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the purchase of the French fighter aircraft concerned national security and described the petition as a “political interest litigation”.

Mr. Sharma had referred to the pricing of the aircraft that had been quoted at different points of time before different forums to stress that the price being paid by India was high.