AgustaWestland deal: Govt. trying to defame Congress, says Kharge

AgustaWestland deal: Govt. trying to defame Congress, says Kharge

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-02 12:11 New Delhi: Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Monday accused the Centre of pursuing a politically motivated campaign to defame the grand old party through the AgustaWestland copter scam. "The move by the government is politically motivated. They do not want the real culprits to be caught; they want to make it an issue in the elections to defame the Congress Party. This is their motive," Kharge told ANI here. "But our intention was clear, we wanted the bribe takers to be exposed and action should be taken them as per the law," he added. Meanwhile, the CBI has started questioning former Air chief S.P. Tyagi at its headquarter here in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs. 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland. The investigating agency had earlier on Saturday quizzed former IAF deputy chief J.S. Gujral in connection with this case. Both Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013, but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after recent order of an Italian Court which indicated corruption in the deal. The investigating agency had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others, including his cousins and European middlemen in the case. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that he would place all facts along with the detailed chronology about the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal before the Parliament on May 4. Parrikar, who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Goa's Panaji yesterday, said the details will include how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company. "Those who received kickbacks will not leave behind the proof to prosecute them, but the government will make every effort to prove it," he said. (ANI)