Agusta scam: Singhvi leads Congress charge

Congress today slammed the government over the AgustaWestland row, saying it was trying to “villify the head of a political party” on the basis of mere “insinuation and innuendo” and was attempting to cover up for “disillusionment” with its misgovernance. Putting up a spirited defence in the Rajya Sabha as the House took up a short duration discussion on the raging controversy, Congress member Abhishek Manu Singhvi responded point-by-point to allegations of wrongdoings levelled by the ruling dispensation against the previous UPA government. Ridiculing BJP’s attempt to link certain initials like “CP, VP and AP” to the deal, Singhvi cited the Hawala case in which an initial ‘LKA’ had featured and the High Court had said the presence of initials constituted no evidence. It was “hypocrisy” of the ruling party in applying “double standards” as leader of the House Arun Jaitley had in the Hawala case argued initials have no evidentiary value, Singhvi said. He said that ‘AP’ could stand for many people including the present Chief Minister of Gujarat. “We are relying on the interpretations and misrepresentations of an Italian court,” he said adding the official translation of the judgement is still not available. He said the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi merely figures in one letter where it is said that she would be among the VVIPs who would fly in the helicopter. He added that even Guido Haschke, one of the alleged middlemen, had also said that he does not know what the initial ‘AP’ stands for. “I hope we collect all APs. That illustrates the problem we face when we start using initials,” Singhvi said.
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