Rafale deal Supreme Court hearing: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. After hearing the arguments of the petitioners and AG KK venugopal, CJI Ranjan Gogoi-headed bench said that it will deliver the verdict later.
During the course of argument earlier, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that it is bogus argument by the government that price cannot be disclosed due to secrecy and urged the court to pass an order directing the CBI to file FIR. He questioned how does the issue of price compromise national security. “If I may point out, it was disclosed twice in Parliament formally,” he said.
The Centre had on Monday given procedural details in pursuance of the apex court’s October 31 order. The details were also shared with the petitioner ML Sharma and NGO Common Cause of Prashant Bhushan. The government had also submitted the pricing details of the deal to the court in a sealed cover.