With agency inputs: Despite stiff opposition from the Congress, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that he only wanted to give chronology of the events with regard to corruption in the Rs. 3,600-crore sale of 12 VVIP choppers to India.
This matter is not of today, this pertains to year 2002. I just wanted to inform the House, the chronological order of events, without any comments on them, so that the House is aware of when it took place and what happened,? Parrikar said in the Upper House.
“Whether they want or don’t want, it is for them (Congress),” he added amid uproar in the upper house.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Kirit Somaiya claimed that two of the accused in the alleged scam — Gautam Khaitan and Guido Haschke — were also “involved” in other companies and as per a SEBI report, incorporated as directors in real estate company Emaar-MGF.
Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that BJP’s ‘new revelation’ on AgustaWestland is most welcome.
Parrikar had on Sunday said he will place all facts along with the detailed chronology about the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal before Parliament.