New Delhi: Contesting the Opposition’s charges, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday stated he will place the “detailed chronology with documents” about the AgustaWestland chopper scam before Parliament on May 4.
The announcement has come in the wake of political slugfest on AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal which conspicuously showing no sign of losing intensity with both the BJP and the Congress producing documents and throwing barbs to put each other in the dock.
The Congress has been challenging the Centre to bring forth proof of wrongdoing against Sonia Gandhi over alleged payoffs in the supply of 12 AgustaWestland helicopters to India after an Italian appeals court handed prison terms to former chiefs of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland on corruption charges.
The tension between the two groups intensified when BJP parliamentarian in the Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy dragged Sonia Gandhi’ name into the controversy while addressing the upper house.
An agitated Congress on Saturday announced to hold a protest outside parliament on May 6 to expose the ‘deceit and deliberate lies’ against opposition, amid escalating confrontation with the government.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and several other party workers are likely to march from Jantar Mantar early morning to parliament.
Agusta Westland’s Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force was scrapped by the UPA government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents. In January 2013, India cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate the matter.