The Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph asked the Centre to share details of the decision making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France in a sealed cover by October 29 but without sharing the information on pricing and technical particulars.
The three bench judges said that the decision was not made by the influence of the petitions which claimed for the graft involved in the deal signed.
The PILs which was filed by the opposition demanded the discloser of the deal details was opposed by Centre as it might cost to the national security. It even accused that the petitions were just filed to gain political attention.
Attorney General KK Venugopal shared with the court that revealing the details could cost to the national security and such issues could not be reviewed judicially.
The Supreme court did not issue any notice on the basis of petitions filed by two separate lawyers seeking for details of the deal.
The court asked the centre to share information about the decision-making process in the deal in a sealed cover by October 29 and scheduled its next hearing on October 31.
The apex court was hearing various petition which demanded the details of Rafale deal and even sought to reveal the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the apex court.
The Rafale deal was inked between the governments of India and France for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition. The Rafale jet is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing and multirole fighter aircraft which is equipped with a wide range of weapons. It is designed and manufactured by Dassault Aviation.