The BJP on Tuesday said it has been raising the financial irregularities in the VVIP helicopter deal with an Italian company for the past one year and insisted that the Congress-led UPA government give an explanation about the reported anomalies.
“Action has been taken in Italy on the VVIP helicopter scam. The CEO of the company has been arrested. But no action has been taken here. The country which would have benefited from the deal has taken action while the country which lost money has not done anything,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Minutes after this reaction, the government ordered a CBI inquiry into the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters from Finmeccanica, the Italian parent company of Augusta Westland, UK.
Mr. Javadekar maintained that the government owes an explanation on the matter.
He had raised a question in the Rajya Sabha to which the government gave a reply on December 12, 2012.
In the reply, Defence Minister A K Antony had acknowledged that it has come to the notice of Ministry of Defence through several reports that Italian prosecutors had begun a probe into alleged unethical dealings by M/s Finmeccanica. He had then informed the House that the probe into the matter has been widened to include the ibid contract.
Mr. Antony had further said that upon his ministries request, the External Affairs Ministry has taken up the matter with the Italian and UK governments to get further details.
“However, in the absence of any specific information, government has not started any formal probe in this regard by Indian agencies,” Mr. Antony had said.
Keywords: VVIP helicopter deal