On Rafale deal, Supreme Court is not really looking at procurement process

The latest in the ongoing story of the revised order for Rafale fighter jets is the Supreme Court calling for relevant papers. Based on a PIL filed by two lawyers, on 10 October, the Supreme Court directed the Narendra Modi government to provide the details of the steps taken in the decision-making process without the pricing and technical information in a sealed envelope.

This brings to focus the role of courts in public procurement.

The current government had taken a decision to scrap the previous deal for 126 jets with 18 in a fly-away condition to 36 aircraft in a fly-away condition.

Several reasons have been put forth including depleting squadrons and the need to expeditiously ramp up the capacity of the Indian Air Force in the face of existing threat perception, the inability of HAL Read More

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