The Supreme Court of India has asked the government to submit the details in a sealed cover- of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal by October 29.
A three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph made it clear that it does not want information on pricing and technical details of the deal made with France. The deal was announced in 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French president Francois Hollande.
Petitioner ML Sharma had argued in the court that there was corruption in the deal for 36 fighters purchased by the government from France’s Dassault Aviation. Rafale deal is the agreement between Government of India and France to buy 36 Rafale fighter aircraft which are twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), in a flyaway condition.
Indian Air Force had proposed to buy 126 fighter aircraft in August 2007 and floated a tender. Following this, an invitation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding process.