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SC to hear plea challenging Rafale deal on October 10

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The will hear a fresh PIL against the deal between and on Wednesday.

A bench of and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph Monday said it will hear the PIL filed by Vineet Dhanda, who is seeking a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the apex court.

The petition also sought information about the contract given to by

M L Sharma's plea, filed earlier, alleging discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with and seeking a stay on it will also come up for hearing on October 10.

Sharma claimed in his plea that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 fighter jets must be quashed as it was an "outcome of corruption" and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.

A similar plea was filed in the apex court in March this year seeking an independent probe into the deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.

The plea, filed by Tehseen S Poonawalla, had sought a direction against the Centre on why the Union Cabinet's approval was not sought as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing the procurement deal with on September 23, 2016.

Rafale deal is a defence agreement signed between the governments of and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of equipment.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat (MMRCA) manufactured by French company

had advanced a proposal to buy 126 fighter in August 2007 and floated a tender. Following this, an invitation was sent to various companies to participate in the bidding process.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 12:05 IST