New Delhi :
The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday opposed the judicial review of the controversial Rafale deal in the Supreme Court. Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that the matter was to be determined by the defence experts and can't be reviewed judicially.
“We have disclosed everything to the court out of respect. But it’s a matter to be determined by the defence experts and can’t be reviewed judicially," the Attorney General said.
The Supreme Court was examining the pricing details of the Rafale deal, submitted by the Centre before the court in a sealed cover on Tuesday. During the hearing, the petitioners seeking a court-monitored investigation into the deal also made their submissions.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for former BJP leader Arun Shourie, argued that the government had declared the price of the aircraft twice in Parliament. However, now they are saying they can’t reveal the price citing secrecy.
To counter Bhushan, the Attorney General said that the secrecy was not on the pricing of Rafale aircraft but on the weaponry and avionics.
“Secrecy on the pricing of Rafale aircraft is with respect to the weaponry and certain other components that we don't want our adversary to know. The cost disclosed in the Parliament was only regarding the basic craft,” the AG said.
On this, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that unless the court decides to get into the issue, there is no question of any arguments on the price of Rafale aircraft.