‘Take AgustaWestland probe to the top level’

A day after the central government terminated the AgustaWestland chopper deal, the BJP has said that only cancellation of deal was not enough and there should a high-level probe in to the matter and the guilty should be booked as per law.

Speaking to the Millennium Post, Rajya Sabha MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said, ‘There should be a thorough investigation to find out the money trail and the beneficiaries named as FAM (family) and AP etc in documents.’

‘We would like to question the government why there was no action in the beginning when the matter of violation first came to light. Only cancelling the deal abruptly will not be accepted and there should be a deeper probe,’ he said.

India on Wednesday cancelled the controversial Rs 3,546-crore contract for 12 VVIP helicopters that faced allegations of kickbacks for more than a year.  On Wednesday, prime minister Manmohan Singh decided to cancel the Rs 3,546-crore deal meant for the three-engine AW-101 helicopters with AgustaWestland.

‘The UPA government tried their best to cover up the scam right from beginning and we want to know which ‘family’ has been referred to in the documents presented by the prosecution in Italy. Our party also want to know the identity of ‘AP’ mentioned as one of the beneficiaries in the papers. This is a serious matter,’ Prasad said.
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