Manohar Parrikar attacks Congress on VVIP chopper deal:


New Delhi: Congress created single vendor situation in VVIP chopper deal, siad Defence Minister Manohar parikar in Parliament on friday. Speaking in Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader attacked Congress saying, CBI registered FIR in the alleged VVIP chopper scam in March 2013, but copy of FIR was not forwarded to Enforcement Directorate till December 2013.

Launching a scathing attack on the previous UPA government, the Defence Minister said, “UPA did not take any action against the company. It was almost made compulsory by circumstances that it acted.”

The ED took notice of AgustaWestland case only when Union Minister Arun Jaitley became the Defence Minister in July 2014, he said.

Further taking on the grand old party, the UPA government knew about the scam in February 2012 but still three helicopters were delivered in December, 2012.

On January 01, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force (IAF) over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

The issue has become major political affair in the country after a court in Milan, Italy, jailed AgustaWestland’s former head Bruno Spagnolini on the charges of false accounting and corruption in the sale of the firm’s 12 VVIP choppers to India.

Some documents submitted to the court contain the names of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her political adviser Ahmad Patel and former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi.