The Centre has already submitted the sealed cover consisting of detailed pricings of the 36 Rafale jet deal with French company Dassault to the Supreme Court bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. And the sensitive and crucial hearing of the Rafale deal will be held tomorrow.
The 14-page document titled as “Details of the steps in the decision making process leading making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order” is in the hands of the Supreme Court judges bench, and the apex court will review the documents and conduct the hearing in the Rafale case that involves the NDA-led central government, the French aviation company Dassault and other private sector companies like Anil Ambani’s Reliance Aviation.
In the hearing tomorrow, the SC bench will examine the claims by petitioners who have sought a court-monitored investigation into the entire Rafale case and also demanded submission of payment details of the deal that has never been revealed till date. The documents will be used by the Supreme Court bench to respond to the petitioners who claims that the Rafale deal was negotiated on “better terms” and the Defence Procurement Procedure laid out in 2013 were “completely followed” – leaving out an offset contract to government-suggested Reliance Aviation.
The petitioners are likely to respond to the contents of the documents in which it has been stated by the government. But for now, CJI Gogoi led bench has said that there will be no discussion or debates about the pricing of Rafale deal in the court until the court comes to a conclusive decision about whether the pricing details showed be put up on public domains or not.