14th Feb, 2013
The Government of India
Subject: VVIP Chopper Scam in Defence Sector.
Our economy has witnessed many scams in almost every sector. Now the most recent VVIP Chopper scam in Defence Sector has come out as a big shame for us. The scandal/scam involves Italian defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica, whose subsidiary AgustaWestland bagged the deal in February 2010 for supplying a dozen choppers to India to ferry the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and other VVIPs. It was suspected that the Italian company had paid bribes of about Rs. 362 cr. in India to get orders for helicopters. This is very harmful for our nation as the safety and security of our nation is being sold to other nation by the way of bribery. The astonishing fact is that, actions have been taken in Italy on the VVIP helicopter scam. The CEO of the company has been arrested. But no action has been taken here. The country which would have benefited from the deal has taken action while the country which lost money has not done anything. This shows that the safety and security of our country is not the priority for IAF. However, our Defence Minister A K Antony had acknowledged that it has come to the notice of Ministry of Defence through several reports that Italian prosecutors had begun a probe into alleged unethical dealings by M/s Finmeccanica. He had then informed the House that the probe into the matter has been widened to include the ibid contract.
He further said that nobody would be spared if found guilty at any stage of CBI inquiry into allegations of bribery in the Rs. 3,700- cr. VVIP helicopter deal. Everything depends on the CBI inquiry; future action will examine all possibilities. No option is closed, we will pursue all options.
Keeping the safety and security of our nation, I propose to the government to take more severe steps to tackle this issue. CBI report should be handed over to the government on an urgent priority...
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