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AgustaWestland Scam: Apex Court Asks Chhattisgarh Govt To Produce Original Document of Purchase

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Nov 2017 4:18pm

Image courtesy: http://post.jagran.com/AgustaWestland-chopper-scam-Raman-Singh-refutes-Swaraj-Abhiyan-leaders-allegations-1463109654 AgustaWestland Scam: Apex Court Asks Chhattisgarh Govt To Produce Original Document of Purchase

The purchase of AgustaWestland VIP choppers by the Chattisgarh government, a multi-million dollar deal, a decade ago came under the lens of the Supreme Court today.

The apex court has directed the state government to produce the original files depicting the purchase of AgustaWestland VIP helicopters following allegations of a commission being paid and the involvement of Chief Minister Raman Singh's son in the deal.

The Chhattisgarh government has been given one week's time to file the requisite documents along with an explanation on why a global tender for AgustaWestland choppers was floated.

"Why was the Chief Secretary's suggestion to look beyond AgustaWestland helicopter overshadowed by the state government? Was this an informed decision," the bench asked the government's counsel.

The Raman Singh led BJP goverment in the state has been accused of paying $1.57 million as "commission" to a company registered in tax-haven British Virginia Islands to procure the chopper. The chief minister son Abhishek SIngh has also been linked to the controversy after it emerged that he had formed a shell company six months after the purchase of the $6.3 million helicopter. [Inputs TOI

Tagged: Supreme Court   AgustaWestland Scam   Choppers   Chattisgarh government     
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