Defence Minister to place facts about VVIP chopper deal before Parliament on May 4
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said, he will place all facts along with the detailed chronology about the AgustaWestland chopper deal before Parliament on May 4.
He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Panaji, Goa. He said, those who received kickbacks will not leave behind the proof to prosecute them, but the government will make every effort to prove it.
The Defence Minister said, he is not sharing the details with media now as the issue will be placed in Parliament on Wednesday.
Mr Parrikar also said, he will challenge the Congress to show the UPA government’s order blacklisting the AgustaWestland company. He said, it was during the NDA government that the firm was banned.
The deal for the VVIP choppers went off track in 2013 when Italy arrested the head of Finmeccanica, which owns AgustaWestland, for paying bribes to secure the deal.
An Italian court, which convicted AgustaWestland chief Giuseppe Orsi, had reportedly described how the firm paid bribes to top Congress leaders to bag the 3,600 crore rupees deal.