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SC disposes off PIL in AugustaWestland scam
The Supreme Court today disposed off a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking court monitored investigation in AgustaWestland scam case.

The apex court rejected the petition after Solicitor General, Ranjit Kumar, informed the court that the a Special Investigation Team (SIT) is investigating the case and the authorities were taking appropriate action.

The PIL, filed by advocate ML Sharma, had sought registration of a police complaint against those named in an Italian court judgment in the AgustaWestland chopper graft case. Based on the PIL, the court had issued a notice to the central government.

The PIL also asked if the investigation into the matter involving politically influential people could be left to be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or it should be supervised by the top court.

The court in Milan, Italy, had convicted former senior executives of AgustaWestland for allegedly paying bribes to secure the Indian deal for its helicopters. The judgement had also mentioned names of Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister, Manmohan Singh.

The PIL also urged the court to address if the lowering of the helicopter's altitude scaling capacity from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres to facilitate AgustaWestland to qualify as suppliers was not a serious criminal offence compromising national security.

The Solicitor General requested the court to dispose off the PIL as nothing was left in it to be addressed.

The bench while disposing off the PIL said that after the filing of the chargesheet, if the petitioner felt that the names of some people had not been included, then he can approach the court with material supporting his contention

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