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The Supreme Court will hear a plea next week seeking registration of FIR against persons who were bribed in the AgustaWestland chopper deal.[/caption]
The Supreme Court will hear a plea next week seeking registration of FIR against persons who were bribed in the AgustaWestland chopper deal.
The plea was filed in the Supreme court after the allegations against Congress leaders' were made in a judgement by an Italian court.
On Wedenesday, Milan court sent Finmeccanica's former CEO Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland ex-head Bruno Spagnolini to jail for false accounting and corruption in the sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh also dismissed the bribery charges in the VVIP chopper scam as the BJP tried to corner the main opposition party.
Sonia Gandhi, whose name figures in a judgment by an Italian court, said she was "not afraid" and dubbed the allegations as false. Manmohan Singh and former defence minister A.K. Antony echoed the sentiment.
The Congress in turn accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to help the Italian firm which had been blacklisted.
The issue sparked tensions in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
The court ruling refers to Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, her secretary Ahmad Patel and also former Indian Air Force chief S.P. Tyagi.
Congress members were in uproar in the Rajya Sabha when BJP's Subramanian Swamy named Sonia Gandhi in the Rajya Sabha during zero hour while speaking on the AgustaWestland deal.