New Delhi, November 12: In order to comply with the orders passed by the Supreme Court, the Centre today handed over the petitioners, the relevant document containing details regarding the decisions taken to procure the 36 Rafale fighter jets from French armament firm Dassault.
The document titled as “Details of the steps in the decision making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order” states that the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) has been followed properly for the procurement of aircraft and further added that appropriate approval for the same had been taken from the Defence Acquisition Council for Aircraft.
Regarding negotiations during the deal, the document says that the Indian Negotiating Team was constituted for the purpose which took around an year to negotiate with the French firm.
The Centre further clarified that before signing the Inter Government Agreement, it has also received an approval from the Competent Financial Authority, which is Cabinet Committee on Security.
It would be pertinent to note that the Inter Government Agreement was entered between Indian Government and France on September 23, 2016, to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, in order to revamp IAF fleet by introducing Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts.
On October 31, the Court during the hearing of a clutch of Petitions seeking court monitored CBI probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal among India and France, alleging that the deal between India and France is a misconduct of the criminal nature by the most responsible public functionaries, asked the Centre to disclose the reasonable information regarding the controversial Rafale deal that can be put in the public domain along with the petitioners.
However, the Court also gave the liberty to the Centre that it may choose not to share the information related to strategic material or of national security to the petitioners and submit it in before the court in a sealed cover.
In pursuant to which the Centre today, also revealed prices of the Jets by submitting a document in a sealed envelope only for the Justices of the Top Court.
However, the Center also informed the Court that it has not received the formal proposal from the Dassault yet in the prescribed manner providing complete details of the Rafeal jet deal adding that "In so far as discharging of the offset obligations by Dassault (Rafale maker) and its Tier-I vendors through Indian Offset Partners is concerned, there is no mention of any private Indian Business House(s) in intergovernmental agreement or Offset contract."