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Indian court rejects call for probe into jet deal with France's Dassault

Supporters of India's main opposition Congress party demand resignations of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations of corruption in a Rafale fighter planes deal with France, in New Delhi, on Sept. 28.   © Kyodo

NEW DELHI (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.

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