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

A 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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 28, 2016 7:55 pm
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The Supreme Court Thursday said it will hear next week a PIL 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 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.

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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.

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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  1. G
    Apr 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    Too many cases SC has to deal with, Hope Justice Thakur doesn't cry this time.
    1. M
      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:31 am
      Now the Congress won't be able to say it's a vendetta.
      1. T
        Apr 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm
        Is desh ko to yeh beshram politicians bech kar kha jaye.
        1. A
          ak dev
          Apr 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm
          I wish this case put Sonia and her cronies into jail.
          1. K
            Apr 28, 2016 at 11:19 am
            Congress's strategy to cling to power seems to be by adopting the following (1) Corruption: The party has over the years adopted several measures to remain in power through corrupt means. The senior leaders indulge in mega corruptions - defense deals, auction of various government ets (spectrum, mines etc) generate huge amounts for their senior and middle level leaders as well as the party coffers to fight elections whereas lower middle level and lower levels of leaders benefit from various government anti poverty programs led as "hi/Nehru programs". This strategy has been keeping their leaders at all levels happy while the country remained poor, illiterate, underdeveloped, undernourished etc. Communalism: Congress preaches secularism but is the most communal party. They will align with all communal parties which have divisive agenda but will always b nationalistic organisations as communal. For this purpose they will align with friendly media and NGOs. While they will not do anything for the minorities they will intentionally create problems between various communities and castes and make distrust among various communities and fish in troubled waters (3) Continuity of family politics: Congress is the first party which promoted family politics in the country which was followed by various other political years subsequently. People with low level of intelligence and morality have been portra as leaders of the nation which cost our nation immensely. Capable leaders have never been allowed to come up within that party and sycophancy and cronyism is the order of the day in Congress's politics. These 3 Cs are the main characteristics of that party that have allowed this party to remain in power for so long. However, people have now started realizing the danger posed by this party and the day will not be far when this party will become obscure in India's national politics.
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