Congress to move privilege motion against Swamy, Parrikar in RS today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 13, 2016 10:46 IST
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy . Congress has said it will move a privilege motion against Swamy and defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday, May 13, 2016, the last day of the Budget session of Parliament. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

The Congress will move a privilege motion in the Rajya Sabha on Friday against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy and defence minister Manohar Parrikar for “lying blatantly” and “misleading Parliament” during the debate on AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

The main opposition party also said it will file a defamation case against a US-based website,, whose material was allegedly used by Swamy in the debate.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh alleged that the website is linked to the Sangh Parivar.

“Both Swamy and Parrikar have blatantly lied in Parliament by creating a web of deceit in front of the people,” he said. Friday is the last day of the second part of the budget session.

Ramesh claimed that the documents authenticated by the defence minister in the Lok Sabha were not from the judgement of the Italian court. “It’s a lie. There is no accusation against the Congress leadership in the judgement,” he said. “The documents are actually minutes of a meeting attended by the NSA.”

Swamy, the Congress leader said, authenticated a 13-page document in the Rajya Sabha, which consists of two pages of an email from “Swamy to Swamy”, nine pages from the website and the remaining two pages are part of a news story run by an Indian news channel.

“Swamy has spoken big lies in Rajya Sabha on May 4 and used false documents. We will not allow him to go scot free,” Ramesh said, claiming that the nine pages from the website are “false”.

Besides Swamy, he said S Gurumurthy and IIM professor R Vaidyanathan are linked to the website being run by a person named Shri Aiyar from the Silicon Valley. Ramesh also claimed that Swamy wanted Vaidyanathan be made the next RBI Governor in place of Raghuram Rajan.

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