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BJP questions to UPA govt on chopper scam

Saturday, 16 February 2013 - 8:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The BJP has demanded a time-bound CBI inquiry monitored by the court into the chopper scam.

The BJP has demanded a time-bound CBI inquiry monitored by the court into the chopper scam. The party said on Friday that on its own the CBI may not be motivated enough to carry out a detailed, impartial inquiry.

BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said that the agency should carry out an investigation under court supervision.

In fact, the party raised six questions which it wanted the probe to figure out: . These were a) Who finalised and signed the VVIP chopper deal? b) Who received the kickbacks c) At two places, the Italian charge-sheet talks about payment of 28 million euros to “The Family”. The nation wants to know who “The Family” is. d) What is the connection between Haschke and Emaar MGF?  e) What is the status and role of IDS India in the chopper scam? f) Has the government issued a Letter Rogatory in connection with this scam?

Javdekar said the BJP accuses  the government of avoiding a proper into the VVIP chopper scam even as the issue of kickbacks came to light in 2012 itself both in Italian and Indian media. The Italian government started probing the charges seriously but the Indian government showed no interest whatsoever.

He pointed out that available information indicates that the government’s internal inquiry was willing to give a clean chit to the deal. He said his party demands the details of the defence ministry’s internal inquiry and wants to know how the government arrived at the conclusion that there was no foul play.

He argued that the transcripts of the taped conversation between Haschke and his accomplice Gerosa were available in the public domain for over four months now. The UPA government did not bother to take note of it. It was only because of this disinterested approach of the government, the Indian operations chief of Finmeccanica, Girasole, one of the critical links in the kickback, could leave India.

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