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SC puts lens on journalists for favouring AgustaWestland chopper deal

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New Delhi, January 3: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear plea seeking setting up of a commission of inquiry for alleged involvement of certain prominent journalists for using Indian media in favour of multi-crore Agusta Westland VVIP chopper deal.

The petition had charged certain journalists for receiving pay-offs and favours from Italian firm AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica to publish content in favour of AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The apex court sought a response from CBI, ED on PIL alleging that journalists were paid off Rs 50 crore for writing in favor of Agusta Westland deal.

The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Arun Mishra threw the spotlight on the media and sought setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate “allegations of corruption and influence peddling in the Indian media, and to suggest corrective measures to safeguard against such ills”.

Also in the day, CBI opposed and challenged the plea seeking bail to SP Tyagi in AgustaWestland case. SP Tyagi sought more time to file his reply. Delhi HC adjourned hearing over cancellation of bail to Former Air Chief SP Tyagi for next Monday (Jan 9th).

Wefornews Bureau

 

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