SC issues notice to Centre on AgustaWestland

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the central government on a PIL seeking a FIR against all the people named in an Italian court judgement in the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The Italian ruling, while convicting former senior executives of AgustaWestland for allegedly paying bribes in the deal, mentioned several names, purportedly referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the central government on the PIL by advocate M.L. Sharma, seeking a court-monitored SIT investigation into the allegations of bribe taking.

The Italian court had mentioned the names in the context of a diary of middleman Charles Michel, who had reportedly referred to the names of the Congress leaders.

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