AgustaWestland deal: Swamy corners Congress in RS

AgustaWestland deal: Swamy corners Congress in RS

Submitted by Kumuda on Wed, 2016-05-04 18:19 New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said the people, who lowered the specifications of height of choppers were not from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), adding the Italian High Court's judgement clearly mentions the role of Congress leaders. "The judgment described 'AP' as the political secretary. Don't we know who that is?" he asked. Swamy, who was speaking in the Rajya Sabha, said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has full right to interrogate the 'driving force' behind the VVIP chopper deal as mentioned in accused Michel's letter. Asking former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to clarify as to whose orders did he follow, Swamy said, "There were businessmen, politicians and bureaucrats involved. Italian records have mentioned full name." He further sought to know as to why the UPA had the field testing done by other helicopter. "There was a clear effort to eliminate all other companies so that only Agusta would fit the required criteria," he alleged. Speaking earlier, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the people of the country want all the names of political bigwigs involved in the scam to come out in the open, adding that people want stringent punishment for them. "This scam should be monitored by the Supreme Court since politicisation of CBI has been well known to us. The probe should be quick, unbiased and under the supervision of the Supreme Court," she said. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon on his part said this scam has both political and legal fallout. "Unfortunately, we are only concerned about the political fallout. We need to investigate the precise nature of crime and the offenders since it is a very sensitive matter," he said. Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja said asked the CBI to come up with a progress report on the VVIP chopper deal. "It has been two years since this party came to power. What progress has the CBI made?" he asked. Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today told the Rajya Sabha that he only wanted to give chronology of the events with regard to corruption in the Rs. 3,600-crore sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India.  (ANI)