The Indian Express carries an exclusive front page expose on the Augusta Westland helicopter deal with an Italian firm as it writes "Ex Air Chief Tyagi was bribed to swing chopper deal, Italy probe report says". This is in the backdrop of most papers reporting that the Defence Ministry has ordered a probe into the deal after the CEO of the Italian firm supplying the helicopters was arrested by Italian authorities.
Violence in Assam related to panchayat polls gets wide coverage in the press today. "13 killed in Assam poll violence" reports the Times of India. Explaining the reasons for the violence, the Hindustan Times says "Clashes between Rabha tribals and non tribals; Rabhas opposed panchayat polls in autonomous council areas".
The papers keenly track the developments taking place after the hanging of Afzal Guru. "Afzal kin reject govt. offer to visit Tihar grave" writes the Hindustan Times on its front page. The Hindu reports his family as saying "We want Afzal Guru's body".
Most papers report that the government plans to take action against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for sharing a platform with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed on a visit to Pakistan."Yasin Malik's passport likely to be impounded" writes the Tribune.
The Pioneer, the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express highlight the Governments contention in the Supreme Court that convicted MP's and MLAs cannot be disqualified as it may have serious consequences for a government surviving on a razor edge thin majority.