Rafale: Petitioners Trying To Get A Fishing Enquiry Directed Without Even A Prima facie Case, Submits Centre To SC [Read Written Submissions]
In its final written submissions to the Supreme Court, the Centre has reiterated that no grounds are made out for a review of the December, 2018 decision of the court giving it a clean-chit in the Rafale controversy in view of "the application filed by the petitioners themselves, wherein the production of number of documents has been prayed for, (which) clearly establishes that the petitioners are trying to get a fishing enquiry directed without even laying foundation of a prima facie case".
In its written submissions, the Centre has averred that "the CAG report has held that as far as the basic aircraft price is concerned, the cost in the bid of 2007 after price escalations is not lower than the negotiated cost under 36 Rafale Aircraft deal", that for the overall aircraft the contract was concluded at a price which is 2.86% lower than the audit aligned price, and that the CAG report has also brought out an additional benefit accruing to the country in view of the change from 'firm and fixed price' in the 2007 bid to 'non-firm and fixed offer' in 2016".
"The contract for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft was signed in September 2016 and the first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to the country in September of 2019. The production and delivery schedule is monitored by High-level committee with representatives of the Government of France and India and the project is on schedule. Indian Air Force pilots and crew are already undergoing training in France to fly the aircraft", it is clarified.