NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - India’s 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.
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. (Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty Writing by Sanjeev Miglani Editing by Paul Tait)