Center submits pricing details of Rafale deal to court in sealed cover; makes other details public

New Delhi:

The central government on Monday has submitted the pricing details of the Rafale deal to the court in a sealed cover. The Apex Court on October 31 had asked the government to place the pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France before it in a sealed cover within 10 days.

Apart from this the government has also made public the documents which contains other details of the deals and the steps taken in the decision making process for the procurement of the jets.

The government said that the process, in procurement of the Rafale aircraft, was followed as per the Defence Procurement Procedure-2013. The government said that the CCS on August 24, 2016 approved the agreement which was arrived at after negotiations between the Indian and the French sides.

The document said that the Indian team and the French teams took one year to negotiate the terms of the agreement and the agreement was finally signed after the approval of the CCS.

The government has shared the copies of the document with all the petitioners involved in the case including rebel BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, advocates Prashant Bhushan, Manohar Lal Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, and AAP MP Sanjay Singh.

India signed an agreement with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts. However, the pricing details of the deal were not disclosed by the government owing to the terms of the contract.

The opposition parties in the country have been accusing the government of corruption.

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.

The Rafale is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault.

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