Congress incensed after Manohar Parrikar said invincible hand controlled Agusta probe


Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has alleged that invincible hand was guiding the action or inaction of CBI and ED in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal probe.

Parrikar said, “country wants to know who instigated, who supported and who benefited from the corruption, we cannot let this pass.”

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Parrikar said that there were major deviations in the procurement process for the chopper deal, even as his predecessor A.K. Antony challenged the government to take action against Congress leaders.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said this was an “insult” and the minister’s reply contained only allegations. When other Congress members too objected, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a minister had the right to read from a prepared text.

Reiterating that the government will leave no stone unturned to bring the corrupt to justice, Parrikar said that now the CBI and the ED have been rigorously pursuing all aspects of investigations.

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