VVIP chopper deal: SC to hear plea against Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh next week

Congress President Sonia Gandhi PTI
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear next week a public interest litigation seeking registration of an FIR against political leaders, including Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in connection with AgustaWestland Chopper case.

A Bench 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 Central Bureau of Investigation 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.

An Italian court has reportedly cited handwritten references to Gandhi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S P Tyagi by a middleman in a judgement that convicted the helicopter company's chief executive.

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