A couple of weeks after it asked the central government to provide details of decisionmaking process in the Rafale deal, the Supreme Court, while hearing a petition filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha and ML Sharma, on Wednesday ordered the Centre to furnish further details like pricing, costs and advantage of the deal in a sealed envelope within the next 10 days.
The apex court, while taking the matter, also asked the government to submit the details that can be disclosed publicly to the all the petitioners, including Yashwant Sinha, who did not make it to the hearing on Wednesday. However, the court rejected senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan's request to have the case probed by the CBI, with the CJI stating 'that will have to wait'.
Further, the court rejected Attorney General KK Venugopal's objection seeking non-disclosure of pricing details, on account of them falling under the Official Secrets Act, and said that if the Centre has any objection regarding this, it should put it on record in the form of an affidavit. Following that, the court adjourned the matter, and set November 14 as the next date for the hearing.
Earlier this month, the topmost court of the country had asked the Centre to provide details of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France in a sealed cover.
The three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, also made it clear that it was not taking into account the allegations on corruption in the deal made in the petitions.
The Centre, on October 27, had submitted the details of the decision-making process to the Court Secretary-General in a sealed cover.