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Govt likely to offer JPC probe into VVIP chopper deal

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:25

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The government is likely to offer on Wednesday a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

Reports said a debate is likely to be held in the Rajya Sabha today on the issue and the government may make the offer during the debate.

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.

Nath had insisted that the government was “neither afraid nor hesitant” on discussion on the issue.

When the AgustaWestland chopper deal had its echo in the Rajya Sabha yesterday with BJP demanding a discussion on the issue, the government agreed to have it today.

"We are ready for a discussion on the issue tomorrow (Wednesday)," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla had said yesterday after BJP insisted on an immediate discussion on the issue.

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.

First Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:24

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