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France begins judicial probe into Rafale deal with India: French media

Following the development, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on July 4 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward and order a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.

July 03, 2021 / 07:31 PM IST
India-bound Rafale fighter jet being refuelled mid-air at nearly 30,000 feet (File image: Twitter @IAF_MCC)

India-bound Rafale fighter jet being refuelled mid-air at nearly 30,000 feet (File image: Twitter @IAF_MCC)

A French judge has been appointed to lead a "highly sensitive" judicial investigation into alleged "corruption and favouritism" in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal with India, French investigative website Mediapart reported.

Following the development, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on July 4 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward and order a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.

"Corruption in the Rafale deal has come out clearly now. The stand of the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi has been vindicated today after the French government has ordered a probe," he told reporters at a press conference.

However, there was no immediate reaction from the Indian government or the BJP.