Indian journalists come under SC radar for alleged pay-offs in AgustaWestland chopper deal

The Indian media and certain prominent journalists came under the Supreme Court scanner on Tuesday for allegedly receiving pay-offs and favours from Italian firm AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica to publish in favour of the skewed multi-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Arun Mishra agreed to hear noted journalist and author Hari Jaisingh on his plea that the top court should intervene in the ongoing investigation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) and direct the two agencies to submit a status report on whether the media played a role in influencing the deal for a dozen VVIP helicopters.

The court asked Mr. Jaisingh, represented by senior advocate Geeta Luthra, to provide CBI and ED with copies of his petition.

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