AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal: Manohar Parrikar to make statement in Parliament today
Subramanian Swamy has said Sonia Gandhi received bribe in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal.
New Delhi: As the Government, Opposition continue to trade barbs on Agusta alleged VVIP chopper scam, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday will speak on the AgustaWestland chopper deal in the Parliament and give a detailed chronology of the events.
Last week the Rajya Sabha witnessed a huge furore after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy named Congress president Sonia Gandhi while speaking on the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam issue.
The government and the opposition parties continue to blame each other for disrupting the functioning of the ongoing parliament session by politicising and raking up the chopper scam issue.
Swamy has levelled serious charges against Sonia Gandhi saying, he believes that the Congress president received bribe in the Rs 3600 crore deal.
Commenting on the alleged VVIP chopper scam, Swamy told ABP news channel, “The bribe paid had not come to India, it has been deposited in foreign banks. According to me, Sonia Gandhi was given bribe and she deposited the money in Sarasin Bank in Geneva and Pictet bank in Zurich.”
The issue has become major political affair in the country after a court in Milan, Italy, jailed AgustaWestland's former head Bruno Spagnolini on the charges of false accounting and corruption in the sale of the firm's 12 VVIP choppers to India.
Some documents submitted to the court contain the names of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president, her political adviser Ahmad Patel and former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi.