Don't sensationalise chopper scam, wait for CBI report: Tewari

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 10:45 hrs

New Delhi: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari on Thursday urged the media not to sensationalise the issue of alleged corruption regarding the Agusta Westland deal for 12 choppers with Italian company Finmeccanica inked in February 2010.

The matter came to light following the arrest of Finmeccanica chairman Giuseppe Orsi in Milan on January 12 over allegations of bribery for securing the deal with India.

"This particular procurement was initiated during the NDA Government and it culminated under the UPA Government, so it has gone across the two administrations. There are certain issues, which have come out in the public space, and the government has already addressed them by ordering a CBI inquiry into the matter. So, rather than creating sensation, let us wait for the investigation report," said Tewari.

When asked why the government did not take proper action when the media raised the issue a year before, Tewari said: "As the Defence Minister articulated it yesterday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was looking into the matter independently since the issue was came in light."

"There has been absolutely no foot raging on the issue and I think it is extremely dangerous and irresponsible to draw parallels to the other investigations," he added.

In view of media reports, the Ministry of Defence through the Ministry of External Affairs had sought information from the Governments of Italy and UK and a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe has been ordered on January 12. (ANI)

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