Rafale Deal: Centre Submits Decision-Making Process Of Deal Before Supreme Court

| October 27 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

Obeying the Supreme Court directive to provide details about the decision-making process of Rafale deal with France in a sealed cover by October 29, the Central government on Saturday has submitted the details before the Court with Court Secretary General.

The apex court has fixed October 29 to hear the case.

The Supreme Court was hearing various petitions seeking details of the deal and price of the aircraft, however, the court had ordered the central government to provide details of the deal omitting technical details and the prices of the jets.

The Court asked the details to satisfy itself, without considering the averments made in the petitions.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had sought from the Centre the details of the decision-making process in the Rafale deal.

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Opposition political parties’ leaders have been alleging irregularities in the deal.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Modi led government have benefitted the Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) as an offset partner with Rs 30,000 crore through the deal and ignored the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

At the time of UPA contract the price of a Rafale jet was Rs 526 crore per aircraft but in the NDA contract priced jumped to three times at Rs 1,670 crore per aircraft, alleged Gandhi.

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Gandhi also alleging that in April 2015, the Modi government had curved the deal from 126 aircraft (off-the-shelf jets from France's Dassault Aviation, with 108 others being assembled in India by the HAL in Bengaluru) to purchase only 36 ready-to-fly aircraft from Dassault aviation.