AgustaWestland chargesheet leak: Delhi court says ED 'politicised' issue day after Christian Michel denies naming Ahmed Patel

A Delhi court on Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.

Press Trust of India April 06, 2019 15:54:02 IST
AgustaWestland chargesheet leak: Delhi court says ED 'politicised' issue day after Christian Michel denies naming Ahmed Patel
  • A Delhi court on Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case

  • The court accused the agency of 'politicising' the case by leaking a copy of the chargesheet to the media

  • The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry into how the copy of the chargesheet was leaked to the media

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, accusing the agency of “politicising” the case by leaking a copy of the chargesheet to the media.

AgustaWestland chargesheet leak Delhi court says ED politicised issue day after Christian Michel denies naming Ahmed Patel

File photo of Christian Michel. PTI

The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry into how the copy of the chargesheet was leaked to the media and asked for the issuance of a notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document.

Special judge Arvind Kumar issued a notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel's plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the charge sheet.

The court, which has not taken cognisance of the documents, will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on 11 April.

The court also issued summons to Michel's business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on 9 May.

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