Government moots JPC to probe VVIP chopper deal
Moneylife Digital Team 27 February 2013

The CBI had Monday registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against 11 people, including former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, and four companies, in the purchase of VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Wednesday proposed a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rs3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal.

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused the government of delaying the probe into the VVIP helicopter deal and demanded that the money trail be traced so that those who received kickbacks could be punished.

 

Initiating a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the purchase of the VVIP helicopters by the defence ministry, BJP member Prakash Javadekar alleged that Rs400 crore had been paid in kickbacks for the deal.

 

Attacking the UPA government, Javadekar accused it of not acting on the voluminous documents on the deal prepared by Italian investigators.

 

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said there should be a joint parliamentary committee probe into the helicopter deal in addition to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.

 

The CBI had Monday registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against 11 people, including former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, and four companies, in the purchase of VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland.

 

Besides Tyagi, the inquiry names his cousins Sanjeev alias ‘Julie’ Tyagi, Docsa Tyagi, Sandeep Tyagi, advocate Gautam Khaitan, formerly associated with Aeromatrix, and the company's CEO, Praveen Bakshi.

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