1. The 'Not So' Secret Clause
On 23 September 2016, India and France signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement on the supply of 36 Rafale aircraft, initial consignment of weapons, long-term maintenance support through performance-based logistics, simulators with annual maintenance and associated equipment.
Media reports at the time stated that India had agreed to pay 7.87 billion Euro or Rs 58,000 crore for the jets, which would be delivered between September 2019 and April 2022.
Five months later, on 5 February 2017, the Indian Air Force rejected an RTI query seeking copies of the signed agreement and the price of the jets.
“The information sought is confidential in nature and public revelation of the same may lead to its subsequent availability to our adversaries. Further, the information sought is also held in fiduciary capacity ad no larger public interest is served by disclosure of such information. Hence, the same is denied,” the IAF replied.