Rafale Deal: SC asks Centre to file affidavit on pricing within 10 days

The Supreme Court asked the center to file an affidavit within 10 days to says that the price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets between India and France cannot be shared with the court on Wednesday.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Justices U.U. Lalit and K.M. Joseph also asked the Centre to share information which can be brought in the public domain with the petitioners. The bench said the information must be shared by the government within 10 days and the petitioners could respond to it in the next seven days. It posted the matter for the next hearing on November 14.

India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a off the shelf condition as part of the fire power upgrading process of the Indian Air Force. The Rafale fighter jet is twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft(MMRCA) manufactured by the French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. Indian Air Force had advanced a proposal to buy 126 fighter aircraft in August 2007 and floated a tender.

Following this, an investigation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding war.