The Supreme Court rejected the PIL filed by veteran journalist Hari Jaisingh seeking SIT probe into role of media in the VVIP Chopper scam. The court considered it to be an attack on the independence of the media. The bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra comprising of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar said “We will not direct any investigation against the media unless there is a direct involvement,” and also added “this is an attack on media. We will not entertain this.”
“We cannot curtail the right of the media in this manner. Media has been given an independent status in our democratic polity. Why should we entertain this,” said the bench.
The Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra appearing for the journalist alleged that some media persons were bribed and said “I am seeking a direction to the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to also investigate the role of media persons in the case,”. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the Centre sught for dismissal of the plea at the threshold. After the arguments the bench asked, “Is this agreement registered. What is the admissibility of the agreement as evidence?”. The PIL alleged that some journalists were bribed and the parent company of AugustWestland sponsored a trip to few journalists to Italy for the deal of the helicopter.