The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition by an NGO seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the purchase of an AgustaWestland chopper by the Chhattisgarh government for VIP use in 2006-07.

A bench of justices A K Goel and U U Lalit dismissed the plea seeking probe into the purchase of the helicopter, saying they did not find any grounds to accept it.

The apex court had on January 31 posed searching questions to the Chhattisgarh government on the purchase of an AgustaWestland helicopter for VIP use in 2006-07 and asked what was the “interest” of Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son, Abhishek Singh, in this.

The court said, it was only concerned as to whether any “fraud or hanky-panky” was committed in securing the deal, and made it clear that it was not questioning the choice of the helicopter.