AgustaWestland chopper deal: Govt has taken effective action to bring out truth, says MoD

The Defence Ministry on Thursday said that the government has taken effective action to bring out the truth in the AugustaWestand chopper deal.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2016, 00:09 AM IST
AgustaWestland chopper deal: Govt has taken effective action to bring out truth, says MoD
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Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Thursday said that the government has taken effective action to bring out the truth in the AugustaWestand chopper deal.

The MoD issued a statement saying, "Will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all means to bring to justice the corrupt and the wrong-doers in this case," as per ANI.

"​The time taken is largely because some of the key perpetrators of this misdeed are outside the country," MoD added.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today continued to be the target of BJP when its chief Amit Shah asked her to name the beneficiaries of bribes in the controversial deal but the party hit back saying it was for the investigating agencies to bring out the names.

Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, one of those whose names is believed to have been mentioned in the Italian High Court judgement in the case, said "there is no question of bribe taking by the political leadership of the Congress Party and allegations against them are baseless".

As political temperatures continued to rise, Shah made a statement to the media taking a dig at Gandhi over her statement yesterday that she was not afraid of being cornered in the controversial deal.

"She is right and that is why such scams keeping come out in the open. That is why when the National Herald corruption case happens, you say you do not fear anybody. When AugustaWestland case occurs, you say you do not fear anybody. I want to tell her that we in Bharatiya Janata Party are afraid of the Constitution, rules and public norms," as per PTI.

Shah said Gandhi should come out of "this mindset" and make it clear before the people that when it had been proved by an Italian court that bribe was given, then who received the money, who are responsible."

"All I want to ask her is that those who gave the bribe are in jail in Italy.  Then where are those who received the kickbacks? Who were in power at that time.  They are responsible and they should bring out the truth. It should be disclosed before the people of the country," he said.

Gandhi had yesterday rejected as "baseless" allegations linking her and the party leaders to bribes in the chopper deal and called them an attempt at character assassination.

Asked about Shah's statement asking Gandhi to name the bribe takers, Patel retorted "They (BJP) are in power for the last two years.  They should find out.  They are asking us."

To a question as to who took the bribes, he said, "it is for the investigating agencies to find out."

(With Agency inputs)