Published On: Fri, Dec 14th, 2018

Supreme Court rejects call for probe into Rafale jet deal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court rejected petitions on Friday seeking an investigation into a fighter jet deal worth an estimated $8.7 billion with France’s Dassault Aviation, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

“We don’t find any material to show it is commercial favouritism,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale planes has become a major political controversy because of the escalating price and a decision to pick billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as a domestic partner.

However, the court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the petitions calling for the establishment of a special investigation team to probe the deal.

“We don’t find any material to show it is commercial favouritism,” Gogoi said.

Reuters

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