AgustaWestland scam rocks Parliament again

| Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 21:26
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The controversial VVIP chopper deal is being debated in the Rajya Sabha.

New Delhi: AgustaWestland resonated high in Parliament on Wednesday. The heated discussion on the VVIP chopper scam saw allegations and counter-allegations hurled by both parties to the debate.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy said, “In the next three years we will find out the names of the people who got the money from Agusta scam.”

Former Defence Minister and Congress leader AK Antony replied to this and said, “Our government believed in zero corruption in defence.”

In the earlier part of the day, BSP supremo Mayawati said that the names of influential people involved in Agusta scam should come to the fore. TMC leader Sukhendu Shekhar Roy was more caustic in his words and said that Constitutional immunity must not be used to camouflage a corrupt politician.

Earlier in the day, BJP leader Kiren Rijiju in RS said the radical group Islamic State (IS) was not a threat to India. He praised Muslims for standing up against IS and said India's Muslim community is committed to life values of the nation. The minister was the last one to speak in the Question Hour of the House.


Here are the updates:


6:15pm: We fought the case in Italy by engaging Italian lawyer: AK Antony

6:10pm: The CAG report states, that I objected in 2008: AK Antony

6:01pm: We blacklisted 6 companies at one go: Former Def. Minister  

 5:57pm: AK Antony: Our Government believed in zero corruption in defence  

5:53pm:  The report never framed any Cong leader as a culprit: Ahmed Patel

5:49pm: Sanjay Raut: We are trying to unveil the culprits, this is not vendetta  

5:27pm: AgustaWestland chopper trials were done in UK: Anand Sharma

5:11pm: Jhoot ke Paun nehi hote hain: Anand Sharma

5:06pm: Media was manipulated by Christian Michel during Agusta scam: Swami 

5:05pm: I will come down and I will authenticate the letter: Swami

4:47pm: All allegations must be authenticated and tabled: Anand Sharma

4:43pm: In the next three years we will find out the names of the people who got the money from Agusta Scam: Swamy

4:30pm:  Ministers and officials named in scams can be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act in Agusta: Swami

4:25pm: Swami quotes CAG report

4:14pm: D. Raja: CBI must work under a time frame and solve the Agusta case

4:11pm: D Raja: All parties must unite against corruption, not politicize it 

3:23pm: JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav says, “We must not hurl baseless allegations on the Opposition.”

3.27pm: Sukhendu Shekhar Roy: Agusta scam might be a connivance of BJP and Congress.

3.30pm: Saugata Roy discusses the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha.

3.39pm: Sukhendu Shekhar Roy: Constitutional immunity must not be used to camouflage a corrupt politician.

3:43pm: Mayawati: Names of the influential people involved in Agusta scam should come to the fore.

3:46 pm: Supreme Court must oversee the entire investigation process of Agusta: Mayawati

3:48 pm: TMC will support GST, BJP must convince Congress: Saugata Roy

3.13 pm: Why are you not letting Parl function? Why is this an issue when you have all the agencies to your behest?: Sharad Yadav 
3.00 pm: Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav speaks in the house.
2.57 pm: Shaakhon se toot jaye wo patte nahi hain hum, aandhiyon se keh do apni aukat mei rahein:  AM Singhvi
2.55 pm: Are you not allowing the culprits to escape, by tilting the windmills? This is arrogance, says AM Singhvi.
2.50 pm: All this fixation to finger point at one person, doesn't that affect investigation? I dont think you can intimidate us:  AM Singhvi in RS
2.45 pm: In 1999, the IAF made a suggestion to replace MI8 VVIP helicopters. It was Vajpayee Govt in power that time, says AM Singhvi.
2.42 pm: Singhvi distances Kanishka Singh from Emaar-MGF.
2.39 pm: Just because you have inbuilt hatred for certain names doesn't mean they shall be put in place for initials used: AM Singhvi  
2.38 pm: We have to now rely on distortions of Italian Court judgements?: AM Singhvi
2.35 pm: Singhvi says Jaitley after blacklisting on 3/7/14, referred matter of AG on possible exceptions that can be made. AG replied in August. Then came six categories of dealings with Finmeccanica and subsidiary companies.
2.34 pm: "No evidence against Sonia Gandhi, indicated as someone who will fly chopper".......Judge Maiga said this to an Indian channel.
2.32 pm: AM Singhvi says we need to have more sense than sensationalism.
2.25 pm: Here is an insecure ruling party trying to foist a charge of corruption on persons unconnected: AM Singhvi of Congress in Rajya Sabha
2.20 pm: Bhupender Yadav asks why did UPA not initiate an investigation into who all took bribes in the AgustaWestland matter?
2.10 pm: Uproar in Rajya Sabha as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar started giving chronological details of AgustaWestland scam.

2.05 pm: Bhupender Yadav of BJP speaks in Rajya Sabha on AgustaWestland issue.
1.10 pm: Will convey to Home Minister to take report from the State Govt, this issue shouldnt be made political: Venkaiah Naidu on Kerala rape case
1.00 pm: House adjourned till 2 pm.
12.55 pm: BJP Meenakshi Lekhi talks about law student rape and murder case in Kerala, in the Lok Sabha.
12.49 pm: Kiren Rijiju praises Muslims for standing up against IS, says India's Muslim community is committed to life values of nation.
12.38 pm: IS not a threat to India: Kiren Rijiju 
12.35 pm: Samajwadi leader Javed Ali Khan speaks about the Islamic State.
12.30 pm: Sharad Yadav speaks about the delay in the appointment of judges by the SC.
12.40 pm: Rail minister Suresh Prabhu's absence in the Lok Sabha brings embarrassment to the govt.
12.10 pm: BJP's Bhupendra Yadav to initiate discussion on AgustaWestland in RS.
12.04 pm: Congress issues three line whips to all its MPs in Rajya Sabha.
12.10 am: Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee recommends immediate expulsion of Vijay Mallya. 

12.00 pm: Question hour starts.
11.50 am: Ananda Bhaskar says the slow creation of jobs is raising doubts on the policy part of the govt.
11.42 am: Adarsh building is an example of misuse of the power but demolishing it is no solution: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.
11.35 am: Govt has failed to provide security to the Dalit women in Kerala.
11.32 am: The atrocities are on rise in Kerala, says D. Raja.

11.29 am: C P Narayanan of CPI (M) talks about the Kerala Dalit rape woman.
11.25 am: Pratab Singh Bajwa of INC speaks in RS, raises the issue of farmer suicides in Punjab.
11.22 am: Naresh aggarwal says action should be taken against the author.
11.20 am:  Rukus in Rajya Sabha over Bhagat Singh chapter in DU syllabus.

11.18 am: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi to raise Kerala law student rape case matter in Lok Sabha during zero hour.
11.15 am: The Ethics Committee tables report in Rajya Sabha.
11.00 am: Parliament session begins.
10.15 am: Congress Lok Sabha strategy meeting starts in the Parliament.

10.00 am: Defence Min to issue statement today at 2 pm.

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