Chopper deal: Govt. to explore all options to get information from Italy

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:52 hrs

New Delhi: The Congress-led UPA Government, which is under sharp criticism over the VVIP helicopter deal, will now explore all possibilities to get information from Italy.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said India respects law of the land of any country.

"India respects the law of the land of any country, just as we expect them to respect the law of the land of our country. I think, particularly with Italy we made it very clear to them when the marines issue happened is that our courts are autonomous and independent and you have to proceed through the systems of our courts, which is what they did," Khurshid told media outside the Parliament here.

"And I think to their satisfaction and I imagine we have to do the same thing ourselves that we will have to proceed to their court procedures, their courts are independent as any other countries courts and we will try and get whatever relief we seek through proper procedures," he added.

The External Affairs Minister's comments came after Italian authorities refused to share any documents with the visiting Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team concerning the kickbacks allegation in the VVIP chopper deal.

Commenting on reports that Maldives has accepted Indian mediation on the issue of former President Nasheed, Khurshid said a team from New Delhi was in that country and holding discussions.

"Our team has gone to the Maldives and they are having discussions over there. Once we get information from there, only then can I take a decision on the matter. We cannot make a comment on the case only based on media reports. We are still awaiting the report from the team that has been sent there," he said. (ANI)

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