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PM Modi calls meeting of top ministers ahead of Agusta debate in RS

With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar set to make a statement on the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Prime minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of top cabinet ministers ahead of the crucial day in the Parliament.

india Updated: May 04, 2016 11:27 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI)

With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar set to make a statement on the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Prime minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of top cabinet ministers ahead of the crucial day in the Parliament.

The meeting, which is expected to be held in Parliament, would be attended by Parrikar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, besides others.

Parrikar, who met Modi on Tuesday, is expected to address the Rajya Sabha at 2 p.m. during the short duration debate.

Earlier, Parrikar had stated said his Parliament address would include how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company.

Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, had on Monday accused the Centre of pursuing a politically motivated campaign to defame the grand old party through the AgustaWestland copter scam.

Meanwhile, the CBI has started third day of questioning of former Air chief SP Tyagi at its headquarter at CGO complex in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

The investigating agency had on Saturday quizzed former IAF deputy chief JS Gujral in connection with this case.

Both Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013, but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after recent order of an Italian Court which indicated corruption in the deal.