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SC Asks AG To Submit The Details Of Decision Making Process In Rafale Deal: Supreme Court

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

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SC Asks AG To Submit The Details Of Decision Making Process In Rafale Deal: Supreme Court 

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S. K. Kaul and Justice K. M. Joseph today expressed its wish to be apprised by the government of India of the steps in the decision making process followed in the controversial procurement of the 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. 

However bench clear that, court is not  taking into account any of the allegations in the petitions, and that it is not issuing official notice in the matter.

The Court passed the order after hearing petitioners ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda

During the hearing on Wednesday, Attorney General K. K. Venugopal urged the bench to not entertain the writ petitions-  

This is political petition and not a public interest litigation and is part of bitter fight going on between ruling and opposition party. If notice is issued, it will go to PM etc. Please don’t entertain such petitions”, Venugopal told the Court. 
 “This is not a judicially reviewable issue. courts do not interfere with international treaties….for a domestic court to interfere with one would not be appropriate….”, advanced the AG.

 The Court, however, said that it would like to be informed that we only ask of the steps involved in the decision making process for its own satisfaction, and hence will not issue official notice to center. 

The matter will be  next heard on October 31.
Source: Barandbench, LiveLaw

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