New Delhi: The main opposition BJP on Wednesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored, time-bound probe into the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.
Taking part in a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the issue, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said all those who were the beneficiary in the deal must be bought to book, whether they are in Italy or India. Also, those in Italy should be brought to India to face law, he added.
“Money trail must also be established. Further, Letter Rogatory (LRs) must be issued,” Javadekar demanded.
The BJP leader also accused Defence Minister AK Antony of presiding over the most corrupt ministry, demanding that he be made answerable for the scams.
Javadekar said over Rs 400 crore bribes were paid to seal the deal to supply 12 VVIP helicopters to India. The BJP leader also indicated money laundering was involved in the case.
Hitting out at the Congress, Javadekar said the ruling party has a pattern when it comes to scams.
“In all scams, the Congress first denies the existence of scam. Second, it delays the probe. Third, it blames the allies or bureaucrats. Fourth, it acts only if forced by the courts and that too in a haphazard manner,” he told the House.
The debate comes amid speculation that the government will today offer a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the VVIP chopper deal.
Amid the Opposition attack, the government has already made it clear that it is open for a JPC probe into the issue.
“We are open for a Joint Parliamentary Committee if this satisfies everybody,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had recently said.
The deal has snowballed into a major controversy, especially after former Air Force chief SP Tyagi was named by the CBI in a Preliminary Enquiry into allegations of kickbacks in the chopper deal.
Besides the former IAF chief, 10 others including his cousins -- Julie, Docsa and Sandeep Tyagi -- have also been named along with four companies in the PE.