Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked Bharatiya Janata Party member Subramanian Swamy to produce documents he quoted from in the AgustaWestland debate by 6 pm Friday to avoid expunction of his comments.
The issue was raised by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. “I want to know have the papers been authenticated?” he asked.
To this, Kurien said: “I have given the direction... He has to do that otherwise all what he quoted will be deleted. If he is not doing by 6pm today (Friday) all he has quoted will be deleted.”
A day after a high-voltage debate on the AgustaWestland chopper deal issue, Swamy was on Thursday targeted in the Rajya Sabha by Congress members who wanted to know how he got access to sensitive and secret files of the CBI and ED and whether he had authenticated the documents quoted by him.
Swamy, a newly-nominated member, had said on Wednesday he was quoting Italian court’s documents to allege that a bribe of 30 million euros was paid in the Rs 3,600 crore deal for 12 VVIP choppers. Out of this, six million euros went to IAF personnel, 8.4 million euros to bureaucrats and Rs 125 crore to ‘AP’, Swamy had said.
Targeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Swamy said the CBI can, as per the law, question the person mentioned as the “driving force” behind the AgustaWestland deal.
Swamy said that although the Indian Air Force in 2004 said the VVIP choppers must be able to fly up to 6,000 metres for safety reasons, the Agusta choppers could not fly above 4,500 metres altitude.
He alleged that conditions were manipulated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to egg out the rest of contenders.
The BJP leader also alleged that while the original proposal was to buy eight choppers, the number was later raised to 12 once AgustaWestland won the contract.
May 25, 2017 16:55 IST
May 25, 2017 16:35 IST