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Manohar Parrikar questions Cong’s claim on blacklisting Agusta Westland

Parrikar, who said that he will speak in detail in Parliament on the issue in the near future, informed that the Ministry has received a copy of the Italian court order and is in the process of translating it into English.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2016 9:59 pm
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday challenged the Congress to show the UPA government order blacklisting the Anglo-Italian helicopter maker Agusta Westland in connection with the VVIP chopper scam.

Parrikar, who said that he will speak in detail in Parliament on the issue in the near future, informed that the Ministry has received a copy of the Italian court order and is in the process of translating it into English.

He said that the process might take 8-10 days.

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Parrikar also took a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying translation from Italian was not easy, “at least for the ruling side. May not be a difficult task for the opposition”.

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A combative Parrikar hit back when asked about Congress’ allegation that while UPA had blacklisted the company, the NDA government removed it from the blacklist.

“When did they blacklist? Ask them first. Ask them what date the order was issued? Show me the copy of the order,” the Minister said.

Asked if he meant that the firm was never blacklisted, he said, “I am not saying that”.

Interestingly, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on February 5, 2014, the then Defence Minister A K Antony, while giving details on Agusta Westland, had said, “No decision has been taken till date to debar the said company”.

This runs contrary to what the Congress has been claiming because the reply came just months ahead of the regime change.

However, records of state-run HAL show that Agusta Westland International Ltd, UK, Finmeccanica, Italy and its group of companies, including subsidiaries and affiliates, IDS Tunisia and Infotech Design System (IDS), Mauritius, were blacklisted on July 3, 2014, when NDA was in power, because of the CBI case against them to inquire into alleged criminal wrongdoing in the procurement of VVIP Helicopters.

Hitting back at BJP on the VVIP chopper deal, Congress had on Tuesday alleged that Agusta Westland was “removed” from the blacklisted category by the Modi dispensation.

Congress leader and former Union Minister Anand Sharma had said, “The chopper deal was scrapped. Action was taken by the UPA government. A K Antony, the then Defence Minister, had made a statement in Parliament and Agusta Westland was blacklisted.”

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    MyTake
    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:56 pm
    Congress is trying to do shadow boxing!!
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      MyTake
      Apr 28, 2016 at 12:10 am
      Now all those who criticised BJP for stalling parliament should come up and do the introspection.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Had BJP not done that UPA would have made sure India is buried and what centuries of onslaughts on India could not do to it, later day Congress Holy men and women succeeded doing that in just 10 years! What a speed!
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        MyTake
        Apr 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm
        Now it makes sense why the hater of most revered "Chaiwala" in the history of India (the Chaiwala that deserves to be Gurus of all current politicians india), Mr. Ayer asked stan to dethrone Mr. Modi! All dices are falling in place.
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          Apr 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm
          A barmaid became the daughter in law of the most influential political family in India. After her husband died, she took the reigns of the party, and looted the country to the core through mega scams like 2G, Coalgate, etc. She also aligned with terror elements to kill the political opponents. When some honest investigators foiled the ination bid, she became furious and prosecuted the political opponent for "killing" the suicide bomber, who was meant to kill the political opponent. She is still destroying the country and obstructing the functioning of Parliament.
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          1. Virendra Sason
            Apr 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm
            Black listing of Firm not done unilateral. As per terms of contract First of all notice is served to Firm to explain all wrong doing. After receiving the reply, final order is ped black listing or forfeiture of Security Deposit or both. It may take couple of months.
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