India: appeal to the Supreme Court over the Dassault Rafale order accepted
Criticism continues for the operation desired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Supreme Court of India will examine new evidence regarding a possible external interference in the $ 8.7 billion deal signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with France for the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter planes needed to modernize the Air Force fleet. The strong opposition is due to the fact that the private company Reliance Industries of Mukesh Ambani was chosen for the local production of the fighters instead of the public one Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which led to a series of accusations of favoritism of Modi also through of the cost for each aircraft produced, which has practically doubled. India's highest court had previously rejected a petition last December accepting the objections of the State Attorney, while on this second occasion it rejected them since the documents published by the press -which alleged irregularities in the order- they would not have been obtained illegally as declared by the Modi government. The Minister of Justice said he was sure that the court will reject any accusation by declaring it unfounded; but this intervention could cause some problems for the outgoing prime minister dealing with the electoral round that will take place in April.
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