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SC dismisses petitions seeking court-monitored probe into Rafale deal :

Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the alleged irregularities in Rafale aircraft deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, it does not find substantial matter to interfere with the issue of procurement, pricing and offset partner.

The top court said, there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar deal.

The bench also said there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.

It said there has been a necessity for fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without jets and said it cannot compel the government to procure 126 or 36 fighter jets.

The bench said that both sides involved in the deal have clarified all aspects of the procurement.

The apex court said it is not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing.

The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal.

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