New Delhi, May 7: The Enforcement Directorate is hot on the trail of several persons alleged to be part of the AgustaWestland deal and will soon question journalists who were part of a junket to Italy.
While one journalist has been questioned in the past, the ED plans to further its probe in this regard.
However for the ED questioning a senior journalist on whom an amount of Rs 28 lakh was allegedly spent will be crucial to the probe. This journalist who was questioned last year too will be summoned again by the Enforcement Directorate.
An important trail:
James Christian Michel one of the middlemen was in charge of the media. His job was to ensure that the narrative did not go against AgustaWestland in the media.
In this regard he had organised junkets for officials and media personnel as well. During the investigation, the ED found that Michel had spent Rs 4 crore only on the tickets which were meant for the junkets.
Among the various names that have cropped up, the ED is also probing the role of journalists in this case.
A senior journalist is on the scanner of the ED as the agency attempts to find out his exact relationship with Michel. It has also been found that this journalist who was with a Hindi news channel had travelled with his wife on a junket allegedly sponsored by AgustaWestland.
The ED wants to know the exact nature of the relationship between AgustaWestland and the journalist. The ED alleges that only on the journalist and his family an amount of Rs 28 lakh had been spent.