TMC wants discussion on Agusta, SP Tyagi questioned again
The Parliament is set for another stormy day with more parties join the BJP in questioning Congress role in Agusta Westland chopper issue. Trinamool Congress, engaged in a fierce electoral battle against Cong-Left combine today gave notice in the Rajya Sabha for suspension of all business to pave way for an immediate discussion on the subject
So far TMC and CPIM have not reacted to the Agusta controversy. BJP had earlier questioned the stand of the left parties and the TMC on this issue
Subramanian Swamy has already stated that he will raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha today.
Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar has informed that he will make a statement in the Parliament on the deal
The Congress, Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala saying Parrikar should first answer why the Modi government “undid” the blacklisting of AgustaWestland company.
The BJP on its part again trained its guns on Congress President Sonia Gandhi as its national secretary Shrikant Sharma said her remarks that she was “not afraid of anyone cornering her” and said, “Congress does not fear anybody because it does not maintain dignity of public life ”
AgustaWestland’s Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force had been scrapped by the previous UPA regime over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents.
Meanwhile former IAF chief SP Tyagi is being questioned by the CBI. He reached the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. This is third time Tyagi is questioned on Agusta deal
In January 2013, UPA Government cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate whether kickbacks were paid to Indian officials.
Between reports of an Italian probe into graft charges against Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland, and the CBI’s first report of March 2013, the company supplied three helicopters which lie mothballed with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to this day. This delay, also attributable to a secrecy clause and legal stonewalling in Italy, led to the recovery of only 199.7 million euros of the advance after the contract was cancelled.