CONTINUING ITS attack on the Congress over the AgustaWestland issue, the BJP asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to use her “old relations” in Italy to find out why an Italian court mentioned her name in the case.
Addressing reporters here today, MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the government would fulfil the Congress president’s demand for a thorough probe, the modalities of which will be decided after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar makes a statement in Parliament on the issue.
“The truth is the Italian court documents carry some facts and her name is there. The names of some senior (UPA) ministers are also there. She must have some contacts in Italy. She should find out from her old relations why the court gave such an order after two years,” said Rudy. “Why the court wrote such things that has created trouble for her… If it is vendetta, she should ask the Italian court about it,” he said.
“She asked what the government did in the last two years. We will do a thorough probe,” he said. Countering the Congress’s charge that the NDA government had removed AgustaWestland from the blacklist, he said any government transaction with the company remains banned. “There is no relaxation,” he said.
Rudy also targeted Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad for his statement that the charges against his party leaders may have something to do with PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with his Italian counterpart during a UN event last year. “This is a brazen lie, fabricated and imaginary. The Congress is using untruth as its shield to divert attention,” he said.
Rudy said the government had taken up the issue of middleman Christian Michel’s extradition with the British government after the CBI got a red corner notice against him from the Interpol.
BJP general secretary Shrikant Sharma said “it’s bizarre that those who gave bribe have been arrested but those who accepted it are roaming free in India.”