New Delhi: A CBI court on Thursday reserved its order on the application by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, on the leaking of the content of the chargesheet to media houses.

An order on the plea to be pronounced on May 3.

Earlier this month, a Delhi court had issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Michel’s plea accusing the agency of politicising the case by leaking the chargesheet copy to the media.

The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document.

Special judge Arvind Kumar issued a notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during the investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken
cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the chargesheet.

The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11. The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case.

Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before the court on May 9.