NEW DELHI - India s top court dismissed Friday calls for an investigation into a French military jet deal that was threatening to damage Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of elections next year.
Critics had accused Modi of using the 2016 multi-billion dollar accord between India and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault for Rafale aircraft to favour a key billionaire backer.
In an eagerly awaited judgement on a slew of petitions brought by activists and politicians, India s Supreme Court refused to intervene, saying it had "no doubt in the process".
"We do not find any substantial material on record to show that this is a case of commercial favouritism to any party by the Indian government," the three-judge bench said.
However, during a visit to France in 2015 Modi scrapped the deal, signed under the previous government led by the Congress party, and ordered instead 36 jets -- all to be built in France -- for an estimated $9.4 billion. -APP/AFP