AgustaWestland issue raked up in LS

AgustaWestland issue raked up in LSNEW DELHI: The AgustaWestland issue was again raked up in the Lok Sabha today with a BJP member demanding a probe to find out who received kickbacks in the deal for 12 VVIP helicopters.

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.

Without taking any name, he said a politician is involved in buying and selling properties, which he said was earlier done by his “jijaji” (brother-in-law) in Haryana.

This led to an angry reaction from Congress benches.

Party chief Sonia Gandhi was also present.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had yesterday sought to dismiss BJP’s attempts to drag him into the CWG and VVIP chopper scam saying he is always been targeted and “happy to be targeted”.

Somaiya, in a letter to ED and CBI, had asked them to check Gandhi’s links with a real estate developer allegedly involved in the CWG scam and also the alleged connections of a political aide of the Congress vice-president with a middleman in the AgustaWestland deal.–PTI

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