AgustaWestland chopper scam: SC seeks CBI, ED response on PIL alleging paid media involvement

According to The Hindu, a certain part of the Indian media came under check by the apex court for allegedly receiving rewards from the Italian company and its parent company Finmeccanica to write in favour of the deal

AgustaWestland chopper scam: SC seeks CBI, ED response on PIL alleging paid media involvement

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea asking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigation against certain journalists for allegedly writing in favour of the AgustaWestland deal. The SC earler sought response from the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the PIL which said that the journalists were paid pff with Rs 50 crore for writing in favour of the deal.

According to The Hindu

, a certain part of the Indian media came under check by the apex court for allegedly receiving rewards from the Italian company and its parent company Finmeccanica to write in favour of the deal. Renowned journalist Hari Jaisingh had filed a plea in the SC seeking intervention from the court in the CBI and ED investigation.

The Bench of Justices  Dipak Mishra and Arun Mishra on Tuesday agreed to hear the plea to ask two investigative agencies to submit a report on whether the media played a role in influencing the deal. The SC then directed Jaisingh, through Advocate Geeta Luthra to provide the CBI and the ED with copies of the petition.

Earlier in August 2013, the CAG had submitted a report in the report in the parliament saying that certain significant signatures had been made from the Defence Procurement Procedures 2006 to provide a Rs 3,727 crore contract for the purchase of 12 helicopters. In his petition, Jaisingh had stated that a journalist as the same as a public servant should also bear the same responsibility and be restraint.

Jaisingh apprised the SC to direct the government of India to obtain information about the financial disclosures from the journalists who had received rewards from defence and other industries both domestic and foreign. The petition added that the disclosures be made public.