The Supreme Court docket on Tuesday cleared the Raman Singh-led BJP authorities in Chhattisgarh of accusations of taking half in fraud on the final public exchequer in the design terminate of an Agusta Westland chopper in 2007 for VVIP exercise.
A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit brushed apart the petition filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan alleging that the authorities made the design terminate in a uncertain manner by floating a sham relaxed and with one particular person representing the total three competitive bidders. The NGO alleged that $1.324 million used to be paid in excess for the helicopter.
The NGO had handed over to the court RTI data relating to the design terminate price over $5 million.
“Truly helpful” quality machines
The authorities had justified the design terminate, announcing the Agusta machines had been of a “agreeable” quality and there had been 24 of them flying in India.
The court had acknowledged it used to be now not going into the authorities’s different of choppers but used to be handiest sharp about whether there used to be fraud conducted with public money.
“Our apprehension is whether or now not you receive gotten conducted fraud with the final public exchequer, whether there used to be any hanky-panky… that is our handiest subject. You like to point to your situation. We are going to have the choice to explore whether there’s an sensible suspicion for warranting an investigation. If there’s patent cloth for a probe, we will have the choice to. If now not, then it is far beautiful, we will have the choice to terminate the subject,” Justice Goel had acknowledged.
The court had also heard submissions that a foreign monetary institution myth used to be opened “by the son of the Chief Minister” on the time of the yell for the chopper.