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Chopper scam: SC to hear PIL for police action against Sonia, Manmohan

PTI4_9_2016_000141A Congress party President Sonia Gandhi

The Supreme Court has agreed to year a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking police action against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel in the AgustaWestland chopper scam.

The bench comprising Chief Justice T. S. Thakur and justices R. Banumathi and U. U. Lalit ordered listing of the PIL when advocate M. L. Sharma said that it is an urgent matter which should be heard at the earliest.

The petition was moved in the apex court after a set of documents that were submitted to an Italian court in the VVIP copper scam case named the Congress leaders.

The Italian court of Appeals has said that the Italian-based Finmeccanica's subsidiary AgustaWestland was involved in bribing top Indian decision-makers to influence the 3,600 core chopper deal in its favour. The court has reportedly cited handwritten references to Sonia, Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S. P. Tyagi by a middleman in a judgement that convicted the helicopter company's chief executive.

The court's observations has triggered a fresh political slug fest disrupting the proceedings in both Houses of parliament.

CBI had in 2013 registered a case in connection with alleged bribes paid by the firm to Indians to clinch the deal for 12 helicopters to ferry VVIPs including the President and Prime Minister.

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