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Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Why is Congress angry with Modi’s Italy visit, has the VVIP helicopter scam become a matter of concern for the party?

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Italy for the G-7 summit was his/her first foreign trip in his/her third term and his/her fifth event to attend a Group of Seven (G-7) meeting. However, his/her warm welcome in Italy irked many, especially the Congress party, as it kept questioning the purpose behind PM Modi’s Italy visit. Sources say that the reason for Congress’s displeasure could be the ‘fear’ of the AgustaWestland scam (VVIP chopper scam) which is troubling it, especially at a time when it is celebrating the party’s success in the Lok Sabha elections.

Italy has shared the report with India!

BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya also questioned, ‘why was Congress constantly complaining about PM Modi’s visit to Italy for the G7 summit’ and also shared details about what was bothering the grand old party.
A leading international daily, citing sources, claimed that Italy has shared a detailed 225-page judgement of its court on the AgustaWestland chopper scam and some documents related to the bribery scandal with India. It is clear that these documents can turn the whole game around and high profile politicians and middlemen in India can be punished for their crimes.

There could have been an earthquake in Indian politics
It also claimed that the investigation and prosecution in this VVIP chopper scam may gain momentum after PM Modi returns from his/her recent Italy visit. On 26 May 2014, about 8 months before Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India for the first time, an Italian court had given a verdict convicting four people, including the CEO of a high profile company, the chairman of an Italian defense company and two middlemen, in one of the biggest bribery scandals involving India. The full statements of the accused recorded in the court there, the complete account of the appeals and the final verdict of the court were never made public by the then Italian government in 2013 under pressure from India, as it could have caused an uproar in the political and bureaucratic establishments of India.

There may be a disclosure in the Augusta Westland scam
What would have been revealed through these documents would have revealed the full names of India’s prominent political families and middlemen who received bribes of over Rs 600 crore in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. The names of the bribe recipients in India in this case were sealed in Italian court documents. The chopper scam may not have reached its conclusion in India, but the Italian court has convicted those who paid bribes to their Indian counterparts in this case. Now it is being reported that the sealed Italian documents handed over to India by Italy also contain the names of the bribe recipients in the defence scam. This is sure to ring alarm bells for those in power during UPA-2 and one of the biggest defence scams, which remained buried for a decade, now seems ready to come out in the open.

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