The controversial pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets, which was submitted by centre to Supreme Court in a sealed cover, is scheduled to be scrutinized today. A justice bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices KM Joseph and SK Kaul will hold crucial hearings in the case during which the petitioners, who have asked for a court-monitored probe into the deal, will also make submissions.
On Monday, centre had handed over a document of 14-pages, titled as “Details of the steps in the decision-making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order” to the petitioners over the issue.
The centre ruling government has also filed in a sealed cover the details of Rafale jets pricing in the Supreme Court.
The petitioners are expected to respond to the contents of the submitted document in which it has been mentioned by the government that the deal for 36 fighter jets was negotiated on “better terms” and the Defence Procurement Procedure laid out in 2013 were followed.
The details of centre’s decision-making process along with pricing were submitted to the top court according to its October 31 order.
India has signed a deal with France for the purchasing of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition, with the aim of upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. Earlier the estimated cost of the deal was Rs. 58,000 crore.
Rafale fighter jet is a twin-engine MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft), which is manufactured by Dassault Aviation, a French aerospace manufacturing unit.
The petitions seeking the investigation in Rafale fighter jet deal were first filed by Advocates Vineet Dhanda and Manohar Lal Sharma.
Later, a petition was also filed by AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) Lawmaker Sanjay Singh.
Former Union Ministers Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha and Activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan have together filed a joint petition in the Supreme Court.