BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday gave a notice to move breach of privilege motion against leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for allegedly misleading Rajya Sabha with his remarks on the VVIP chopper scam.
The Congress too gave a similar notice in the upper house against the defence ministry for releasing a statement on the AgustaWestland chopper case when Parliament was in session.
Deputy chairman PJ Kurien told Swamy his notice would be examined by chairman Hamid Ansari and if he found a prima facie case, the notice would be referred to the Privileges Committee.
Swamy gave the notice for moving breach of privilege motion against Azad for stating in the house that the UPA government had blacklisted Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland that is embroiled in the chopper scam.
“Today I will seek to move a Breach of Privilege against Ghulam Nabi Azad for his falsely stating in RS that UPA had blacklisted Finmeccanica,” Swamy tweeted on Friday morning.
Speaking in the house on April 27, Azad said the UPA government had blacklisted AgustaWestland but the Modi government had involved it in the Make in India initiative.
If an MP is guilty of breach of privilege, he could lose his membership.
Congress MPs Shantaram Naik and Hussain Dalwai moved the breach of privilege notice against the defence ministry, arguing that the statement released by it on Thursday should have been given in the house as the session was on.
In the official statement issued on Thursday, the ministry asserted that it was the NDA government that put on hold all dealings with six companies figuring in the FIR registered by the CBI (including AgustaWestland International Ltd and Finmeccanica) through an order dated July 3, 2014. The release virtually rubbished Congress’ claims that the firms were blacklisted by the UPA government.