AgustaWestland: court pulls up ED over chargesheet leak to media

A Delhi court on Friday pulled up the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged leak of a supplementary chargesheet in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case to the media, saying the denial given by the agency did not inspire any confidence and was not worthy of reliance.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar further directed ED’s Director to ensure that “no such incident like the leak of the documents is repeated in future in any matter”.

The court was hearing a plea by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the case, seeking an enquiry into the leak in the money laundering case.

Mr. Michel had accused the ED of politicising the case by passing the documents to the media.

ED’s rebuttal

The ED had refuted the allegations of handing over the documents to journalists and had filed a status report claiming there was no leakage of the chargesheet on its part and “most likely” the leak to the media was caused from an extra copy that was left with the court staff.

The court staff had denied receiving any extra copy from the ED.

“The allegations made by the ED, on face of it, appears incorrect. The version of the ED is not inspiring any confidence and is not worthy of reliance,” the court said.


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