VVIP chopper scam: SC to hear AgustaWestland PIL in the first week of May

A PIL on AgustaWestland will be admitted and heard in Supreme Court in the first week of May, CNN News 18 reported.

CBI chief Anil Sinha briefed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the VVIP chopper scam investigation on Thursday. Parrikar later asked CBI to expedite the investigation.

According to media reports, the Defence Ministry will reply on AgustaWestland scam in first week of May.

Manohar Parrikar. AFP

Manohar Parrikar. AFP

The Defence Ministry in a statement on Thursday said that the government will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all means to bring to justice the corrupt and the wrong-doers in this case.

Refuting the Congress claims that the Anglo-Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland was blacklisted by the UPA
government, it said it was the NDA, on 3 July, 2014, that had actually put on hold all procurement and acquisition cases in
the pipeline of six companies involved in the VVIP chopper scam.

CBI and Enforcement Directorate are vigorously pursuing all aspects of the investigation, including the arrest and extradition of three alleged middlemen of the deal - Carlo Gerosa, Guido Haschke Ralph and Christian Michel James.

"Publicly available information on the procurement of AgustaWestland helicopters clearly shows that the core issue in the matter is corruption. The present government has taken effective action to bring out the truth and will leave no
stone unturned in pursuing all means to bring to justice the corrupt and the wrong-doers in this case," a statement
released by the ministry said.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 28, 2016 17:36:10 IST

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