Rajya Sabha debates AgustaWestland deal on Wednesday

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The Rajya Sabha began debating the AgustaWestland chopper deal on Wednesday.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that his Parliament address would include how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company.
Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, had earlier on Monday accused the Centre of pursuing a politically motivated campaign to defame the party through the AgustaWestland scam.

Meanwhile, the CBI has started questioning former Air chief SP Tyagi at its headquarters in connection with suspected irregularities in the deal.

The investigating agency had earlier on Saturday questioned former IAF deputy chief JS Gujral in connection with this case.

Both Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013, but the latest round of questioning began after an Italian Court recently indicated corruption in the deal.

They are most welcome, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on BJP’s “new revelations”. — ANI
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