New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday said it will move a privilege motion against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar “for misleading parliament and the nation on AgustaWestland deal”.
“Both Swamy and Parrikar have been lying blatantly and brazenly,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.
“Swamy spoke against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders in parliament and kept referring to a document which, according to him, was an Italian court’s judgment. In reality, the 13-page document consists of two pages of emails from Swamy to himself. Nine pages were downloaded from www.pgurus.com and the remaining two are part of a news story run by an Indian news channel,” Ramesh added.
He said the motion against Swamy is likely to be filed with Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday, the last day of the ongoing session.
Ramesh said there was complete disconnect between the documents and what Swamy and Parrikar said in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha respectively.
“Parrikar kept referring to the Italian court judgment but what he has authenticated is not the judgment. What he has authenticated are the minutes of the meeting taken by former national security adviser M.K. Narayanan to determine the specifications of the VVIP helicopters,” he said.
Referring to pgurus.com, Ramesh said the website is a joint venture of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Gurumurthy, former Indian Institute of Management professor Vaidynathan and Swamy.
“We will file a defamation suit against this website too,” Ramesh said.
He said there was no mention of any Congress leader’s name in any of the Italian court’s judgment.