Share non-confidential info on Rafale deal, SC tells govt.

Asks Centre to file affidavit on its objections to disclosing details of pricing
The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the government 10 days to provide petitioners, including former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, information which can be “legitimately placed in the public domain” about the Rafale deal. This information would be sourced from a confidential note handed over by the government to the Supreme Court recently.
Core information
The note details core information on the various stages of the decision-making process, which led to the deal to buy the 36 fighter jets.
A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices U.U. Lalit and K.M. Joseph passed the order after perusing the note. The Bench said any information considered at this stage to be strategic or confidential might be placed before the court but not be made available to the petitioners or their lawyers.
When the government objected to sharing details of the pricing/cost of the jets, Chief Justice Gogoi asked Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to file a written affidavit. “Please file an affidavit on why you are not sharing… If you have any difficulty, say so. We will hear that,” he told Mr. Venugopal.
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