Rajya Sabha adopts government motion to constitute JPC to probe chopper deal

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 15:10 hrs

At the end of a long heated debate and despite the opposition walk out from the Rajya Sabha over the alleged corruption in the Rs.3,600-crore Agusta Westland deal for 12 VVIP helicopters, the house adopted the motion moved by the government to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into the matter.

The motion proposed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, got passed by a voice vote as most of the opposition parties including the (BJP), TMC, AGP CPI, JD (U) staged walkout of Rajya Sabha, protesting against the motion.

Senior BJP leader and leader of opposition Arun Jaitley, while expressing his objection termed the government motion as a diversionary tactic and said the JPC will be exercise in futility and it cannot help find out the truth.

However, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said there should be a JPC probe into the helicopter deal in addition to the Central Bureau of Investigation probe.

Earlier, during a discussion on VVIP chopper deal in Rajya Sabha, SP, BSP, CPI-M and Shiv Sena demanded a JPC probe.

Kamal Nath accused the opposition of running away from the issue and said: "It is the same BJP, who did not let the Parliament function for the entire session last time demanding a JPC probe into 2G issue, now while the government itself is purposing JPC, they are running away frm the house."

Defence Minister A. K. Antony said: "We will not cover up any culprit; whoever will be found responsible, will have to bear serious consequences. We are willing for JPC probe into the issue and want to award maximum punishment to the guilty. We will go to the root of the issue."

The CBI had on Monday registered a preliminary enquiry against 11 people, including former Indian Air Force chief S. P. Tyagi, and his three relatives, in the purchase of VVIP helicopters from Agusta Westland.(ANI)

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