Monday, November 12, 2018

Centre defends Rafale deal in Supreme Court, says it was negotiated for a year

New Delhi: The Central government on Monday submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection with the Rafale deal, citing that appropriate defence procurement norms were followed in acquiring 36 Rafale aircraft.

The Narendra Modi government has also assured the top court that "all requisite steps were taken in the Rafale deal". In the nine-page affidavit, which has been accessed by India Today, the Centre said, "The procurement process as laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure-2013 was followed in procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft."

The documents also claim that the negotiations on the deal went on for about a year.

There is, however, no mention of Rafale pricing in the affidavit.

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale deal with France in a sealed cover by October 29 but clarified it did not want information on pricing and technical particulars.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it was not issuing a formal notice to the Centre as it has not considered the averments with regard to the allegations of corruption made in two PILs filed by two separate lawyers.
12/11/18 India Today