Government ready to discuss chopper scam in Parliament: PM

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 09:50 hrs

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday made it clear that the government is ready to discuss any issue on the floor of the House in wake of probable disruption of the proceedings of the Parliament by the Opposition over alleged corruption in Agusta Westland deal for 12 VVIP choppers.

Blaming the government of misusing the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is demanding a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) monitored either by the Supreme Court or a parliamentary committee in the chopper deal.

"The government is ready to discuss all issues on the floor of Parliament. We have nothing to hide. There is scope for discussion and Parliament is the right forum for any debate," said the Prime Minister.

Reacting to the Prime Minister's remark, BJP president Rajnath Singh said: "The BJP demands a proper investigation into the matter, and if the government has conducted any preliminary inquiry, they must inform the opposition in detail."

Earlier on Friday, senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu had said his party has no problem with the probe covering the period when it was in power at the Centre.

Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI probe, following the media reports of alleged bribery in the deal Italian company Finmeccanica, after the arrest of its CEO Giuseppe Orsi in Milan.

Orsi, who was arrested on Tuesday in Rome, had been under investigation for months and had denied any wrongdoing in the deal for the sale of 12 Augusta Westland helicopters to India in 2010. (ANI)

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