Ghost of AgustaWestland choppers scam returns to haunt Congress
by T. Brajesh Saturday, December 10th, 2016
With the arrest of former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the ghost of Italian AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal has come back to haunt the Congress and its first family. And, this has come back at a time when Congress along with other opposition parties is on the offensive against the decision of demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.
That the CBI might not have gone to the extent of arresting Tyagi without some solid and clinching evidence should give anxious moments to Congress leadership. The court today remanded Tyagi to the custody of CBI for four days as well. The former Air Force chief SP Tyagi also put the blame on the then Prime Minister’s Office headed by Dr Manmohan Singh during the Congress-led UPA government. Tyagi has been arrested for allegedly receiving kickback in the VVIP chopper deal which was signed in 2010.
His counsel told the court that the decision was collective and the change in ceiling of prices was suggested by the PMO then. All these facts are the reasons enough for the Congress to be nervous. The Congress has reason enough to conclude that the developments from arrest of Tyagi to his statement blaming Manmohan Singh’s office will give the Modi government an edge.
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