New Delhi: On October 10 Top Court will hear the fresh petition against the Rafale deal between India and France. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul, and K M Joseph from the bench said it will hear the petition filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who seems that a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule.
The plea was earlier filed by Advocate alleging discordance in the fighter jet deal with France and seeking a stay on it will also come up for hearing
The petition which was filed by Mr. Sharma claimed that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it came from the source corruption and not ratified by parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has the power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the constitution.
In March the similar petition was filed in the top court seeking an independent investigation into the Rafale deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.
Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla, filed the petition has sought a direction against the Centre on why Union Cabinet’s approval was not sought as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing the procurement deal with France.
In August 2007 India Air Force had advanced proposal to buy 126 fighter aircraft and floated a tender. The invitation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding process.