A Dassault Aviation SA Rafale military jet performs a flying display. (Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

Rafale Deal: Centre Submits Document On Decision Process To Petitioners

The Centre on Monday complied with a Supreme Court order and handed over to petitioners, who sought a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, the document detailing the decisions taken to procure the aircraft.

The document titled "Details of the steps in the decision making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order" stated that the process laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure-2013 was followed in procurement of the Rafale aircraft.

It said the procurement process laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure has been completely followed and approval of Defence Acquisition Council was taken for the same.

The documents said the Indian negotiating team was constituted which conducted negotiations with the French side for about a year and approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security, being the competent financial authority, was taken before signing the inter-government agreement.

The document was supplied to the petitioners as per the apex court's Oct. 31 order.

The top court had said details, including the steps in the decision making process for the procurement of jets, which could "legitimately" be brought into public domain, be made available to the parties who have filed petitions before it in the matter.

It had also asked the Centre to place before it in a sealed cover within 10 days the pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France.

The apex court, which had posted the matter for hearing on Nov. 14, had categorically told the Centre that if the pricing detail was "exclusive" and couldn't be shared with the court then the Centre should file an affidavit in this regard and say so.

The petitions seeking the probe in the Rafale deal were first filed by advocates Manohar Lal Sharma and Vineet Dhanda. Later, AAP MP Sanjay Singh had also filed a petition.