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The Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh today urged the CBI Court to issue notice to news channel Republic in connection with the supplementary chargesheet against Christian Michel in AgustaWestland case being leaked.
Praying for an inquiry into the leak, Singh stated,
“I urge you to issue notice to Republic.. who leaked the chargesheet.. how did it come out? Let it (detailed hearing) be kept for another day.”
CBI Court presided by Judge Arvind Kumar was hearing an application by Michel seeking a ‘free and fair trial’ after the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the AgustaWestland case was accessed by media houses.
Visibly dismayed by the content of the supplementary chargesheet being in public space even before it was considered by the Court or supplied to the accused, Singh argued that the application by Michel was not maintainable.
Referring to Michel’s counsel’s earlier statement before Court that Michel did not name any persons before the ED during interrogation,
“How does he know, without having the entire chargesheet, the statements made in the chargesheet? How do they know what was said? The petition is not maintainable.“
Singh also submitted certain documents in a sealed cover and cryptically remarked,
“This is legally admissible evidence.. there are people..there is more than what meets the eye. This was done as per rules.“
The counsel appearing for Michel, Advocates Aljo Joseph, and Sriram Parakkat also urged the Court to issue notice to Republic in connection with the leak.
The Court has directed the Enforcement Directorate to file a reply to the application as well as a status report.
“Who has leaked the chargesheet.. there should be an inquiry“, Judge Kumar said.
“(We) will issue notice (to Republic) after perusing the reply by ED“, he added.
The Court also issued summons to Michel’s alleged associate David Syms pursuant to the supplementary chargesheet.
The Application by Michel had claimed that the Enforcement Directorate was “not interested in a fair trial in a court of law and only wants a trial by media which is causing prejudice to the rights of the accused.”
It was further contended that the Government was using Investigating Agencies for political purposes, and the supply of the supplementary chargesheet to media was the best example of that.
The application will next be heard on April 11.