Thursday, May 12th, 2016

AgustaWestland Row: Congress to move privilege motion against Subramanian Swamy, Parrikar

Narada Desk | May 12, 2016 7:11 pm Print
"These two leaders have been lying blatantly and brazenly," says senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
Jairam Ramesh, Congress, agustawestland

The Congress party said it will move a privilege motion against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar “for misleading parliament and the nation on AgustaWestland deal”.

“These two leaders have been lying blatantly and brazenly,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said while talking to reporters here.

“Subramanian Swamy spoke against Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders in parliament and kept referring a document which according to him was an Italian court’s judgment. In reality, this is a 13-page document consisting of two page of emails from Swamy to himself. Nine pages of the report were downloaded from and the remaining two pages are part of a news story run by an Indian news channel,” Ramesh added.

The motion against Swamy is likely to be filed with Rajya Sabha chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday, the last day of the ongoing session, Ramesh said.

“The document which Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar referred as the Italian court’s judgment in the Lok Sabha are actually minutes of a meeting attended by the NSA,” Ramesh said.

He further claimed that there was no mention of any Congress leader’s name in any of the Italian court’s judgment.