The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that an important reason for keeping the price of Rafale fighter aircraft a secret was to prevent other countries, which have also bought the jets, from questioning France why the planes were sold cheaper to India.
Attorney general KK Venugopal told a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay K Kaul and K M Joseph: “The same Rafale is given to other countries. If the price of Rafale jets is revealed, they will ask how France sold it cheaper to India. That is why the price is kept secret.”
This is the first time the government has said in the SC that it got the fifth generation Rafales at a price cheaper than what other countries that purchased the fighters, like Egypt and Qatar, might have paid. Read More