AgustaWestland: SC reserves order on PIL seeking SIT probe
New Delhi [India], Jan 31 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on Public interest litigation (PIL) by an NGO Swaraj Abhiyan seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged involvement of a middleman in purchase of AgustaWestland VIP helicopter by Chhattisgarh government. The court was hearing a plea seeking investigation into the alleged irregularities in the purchase of the helicopter and also foreign bank accounts purportedly linked to the son of Chief Minister Raman Singh. According to reports, the apex court said it was concerned whether any "fraud" was committed while purchasing a VIP AgustaWestland helicopter. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, told the court that the documents received under the RTI show that although the Bell helicopter was denied a bid, the government was still hiring it on rent.
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