New Delhi: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has dragged Rahul Gandhi’s name in the Agusta controversy. The BJP leader on Tuesday gave a notice in Parliament to raise the issue of the Emaar-MGF–Kanishka Singh deal and how they were being added as additional directors in the company.
In a letter the BJP leader asks why one of the Agusta middlemen was employed as a director by a firm linked closely to Rahul Gandhi’s principal secretary Kanishka Singh.
Kanishka Singh is a director of Emaar-MGF which employed middlemen Guido Haschke as well as Gautam Khaitan on its board as additional directors.
Addressing the media Kirit Somaiya said, “I expect Mr Tyagi to come out with the truth. Who was co-operating with him? Who was coordinating with him? And who and what was the behaviour of his political bosses? The work of ED and CBI will become much easier if Tyagi opens his mouth.”
He also accused former IAF chief SP Tyagi and the Congress of indulging in corrupt practices. He said that things would become clear on May 4 when Manohar Parrikar would reveal the facts in Parliament.
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) May 2, 2016
Kanishka Singh in reply to Kirit’s allegations has dismissed all of them, and called them completely baseless. He has demanded material proof.
The following was the response to Kirit Somaiya’s letter:
Mr. Somaiya’s allegations about Kanishka Singh are entirely baseless, false and with an ulterior political motive Mr. Somaiya has been making these false allegations about Mr. Kanishka Singh with malafide intent since February 2013. Mr. Kanishka Singh rejects these allegations in their entirety. Whether officials of AgustaWestland were involved with Emaar-MGF or not, should be investigated by the agencies.
In so far as Kanishka Singh is concerned he:
(1) Has absolutely nothing to do with the matter; and
(2) Wishes for parties found to be guilty, including AgustaWestland and/or Mr. Hashke and/or Emaar-MGF if so found, to be punished in the harshest possible way. In any case Mr. Kirit Somaiya is requested to provide material at the earliest to his own Government and its agencies, which will facilitate investigation and enable prosecution of the guilty; and
(3) Has nothing to do with and has been on estranged terms with the Rajiv Gupta family (Emaar-
MGF) who, though related, fell out in 2005 when Rajiv Gupta propounded a Will of Shri Ved Prakash Gupta which Kanishka Singh and his mother say is a case of forgery and fabrication, and the matter has been pending in court since then.