The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal. The verdict was delivered by a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. It was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal.
Following is the chronology of events in which the Supreme Court gave the verdict.
December 30, 2002: Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) adopted to streamline procurement procedures.
Aug 28, 2007: Ministry of Defence issues Request for Proposal for procurement of 126 MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) fighters.
September 4, 2008: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group incorporates Reliance Aerospace Technologies Ltd (RATL).
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May 2011: Air Force shortlists Rafale and Eurofighter jets.
January 30, 2012: Dassault Aviation's Rafale aircraft comes up with the lowest bid.
March 13, 2014: Work Share agreement signed between HAL and Dassault Aviation under which they were responsible for 70 per cent and 30 per cent of the work, respectively, for 108 aircraft.
August 8: Then defence minister Arun Jaitley tells Parliament that 18 direct 'fly-away' aircraft expected to be delivered in 3-4 years from signing of the contract. Remaining 108 aircraft to be delivered in the next seven years.
April 8, 2015: The then foreign secretary says detailed discussions underway between Dassault, MoD and HAL.
April 10: New deal for acquisition of 36 direct 'fly-away' aircraft from France announced.
January 26, 2016: India and France sign MoU for 36 Rafale aircraft.
September 23: Inter-governmental agreement signed.
November 18: Government states in Parliament that the cost of each Rafale aircraft to be approximately Rs 670 crore and that all aircraft will be delivered by April 2022.
December 31: Dassault Aviation's Annual Report reveals the actual price paid for the 36 aircrafts at about Rs 60,000 crore, more than double the government's stated price in Parliament.
March 13, 2018: PIL in SC seeks independent probe into Centre's decision to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.
September 5: SC agrees to hear PIL seeking stay on Rafale fighter jet deal.
September 18: SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale fighter jet deal to October 10.
October 8: SC agrees to hear on October 10 fresh PIL seeking direction to Centre to file in "sealed cover" the details of the agreement for buying 36 Rafale fighter Jets.
October 10: SC asks Centre to provide details of decision-making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal in a sealed cover.
October 24: Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan moves SC, seeking registration of FIR into Rafale fighter jet deal.
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October 31: SC asks Centre to place before it in a sealed cover within 10 days the pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
November 12: Centre places price details of 36 Rafale fighter jets in a sealed cover before SC. It also gives details of steps that led to finalisation of the Rafale deal.
November 14: SC reserves order on pleas seeking court-monitored probe in Rafale deal.
December 14: SC says there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process of the Modi government and dismisses all the petitions seeking direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the jet deal.
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