AgustaWestland deal: Swamy lied, will move privilege motion against him, says Congress

Jairam Ramesh said the Congress would file a notice for moving a privilege motion against the defence minister, too.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2016 7:53 am
AgustaWestland, subramanian swamy, Swamy agustawestland, Swamy VVIP chopper scam, privilege motion swamy, manohar parrikar BJP Leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy. Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav

The Congress has said it will move a privilege motion against Subramanian Swamy on Friday, claiming that the 13-page document authenticated and tabled by the Rajya Sabha member — from which he quoted during his speech in the House on the AgustaWestland chopper deal — was “bogus”. The Congress also said it would move a privilege motion against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for a similar reason.

“During the debate on May 4 (in Rajya Sabha), Swamy had levelled many allegations and said many baseless things. He had said that he was reading from the judgment of the Italian court. We had at that time demanded that he authenticate the documents…. He took two days… I went through the documents today. He had lied using wrong documents,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said.

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Ramesh said that among the 13 pages Swamy had tabled and authenticated, there was a two-page email that Swamy had sent to himself, nine pages taken from a website http://www.pgurus.com run by a person who Ramesh identified as Sree Iyer from Silicon Valley, and two pages of a news report of a television channel.

Ramesh claimed the owner of the website was a “Modi bhakt and was present in Modi’s meeting in Silicon Valley”.

“Swamy had downloaded the Italian court’s judgment from this website. And the nine pages are full of lies. The Congress will file a defamation case against this website. This website is connected with the Sangh Parivar. The Italian court’s judgment has nothing against the Congress leadership…,” he said.

Ramesh said the Congress would file a notice for moving a privilege motion against the defence minister, too.

He said that during the debate on AgustaWestland, Parrikar had claimed that he was reading from the Italian court’s judgment but the documents authenticated and tabled by him subsequently relate to minutes of meetings held by the former National Security Adviser to decide the specifications of the VVIP chopper.

“There is a complete disconnect between the documents and what Swamy and Parrikar said in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Both lied blatantly and brazenly… Both misled the MPs and the nation… they should be held accountable,” he said.

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