Govt allowed Finmeccanica India chief to flee: BJP

Feb 16 2013, 09:00 IST
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SummaryThe BJP charges the government of avoiding proper inquiry into the scam even as the issue of kickbacks came to light last year itself in the Italian and the Indian media.

The BJP on Friday said the UPA regime by “avoiding proper inquiry” into alleged irregularities in the VVIP helicopter deal allowed the Indian operations chief of Finmeccanica to leave India.

“The BJP charges the government of avoiding proper inquiry into the scam even as the issue of kickbacks came to light last year itself in the Italian and the Indian media. Due to the disinterested approach of the government to probe this murky deal, Indian operations chief of Finmeccanica Mr (Paolo) Girasole, one of the links in the kickbacks, could leave India,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The BJP also rubbished the government’s fact sheet on the deal as an attempt to give “clean chit” to the deal by it while trying to “deflect” accountability by dragging the BJP-led NDA regime’s role in the matter. He asked the government to share the details of “internal inquiry” of the MoD with public.

Putting posers before the government, the main opposition party said, “Who finalised and signed the VVIP chopper deal? Who received the kickbacks? In two places, the Italian chargesheet talks about payment of 28 million euros to ‘the family’. The nation wants to know who ‘the family’ is?”

BJP secretary Kirit Somaiya wrote a letter to the CBI drawing its attention to news reports in the Italian media that sought to suggest that the one of the alleged main agents in the deal was “close to the Congress party” while another was director in a real estate firm which Somaiya claimed has links with one of the political aides of Rahul Gandhi.

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