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AgustaWestland deal: Parrikar to make statement in RS today

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will make a statement on the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal in the Rajya Sabha today, during which he will place all the facts in chronological order before the House.

Parrikar, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, is expected to address the Rajya Sabha at 2 p.m. during the short duration debate.

Parrikar, had on Monday in Panaji, said 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 grand old party through the AgustaWestland copter scam.

Meanwhile, the CBI has started questioning former Air chief S.P. Tyagi at its headquarter here in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs. 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

The investigating agency had earlier on Saturday quizzed former IAF deputy chief J.S. Gujral in connection with this case.

Both Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013, but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after recent order of an Italian Court which indicated corruption in the deal. (ANI)