Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
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In fact, Rajiv Saxena, accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, has named Kamal Nath's nephew Ratul Puri, his son Bakul Nath, senior Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel. In this case, political mercury is expected to be hot.
In the Congress Raj, no deal is done without a deal
The Union Minister said, whenever you think of a kickback in a military deal, some Congress leaders think. From the Bofors to the Submarine scam and the AgustaWestland helicopters to the Jeep scam, there was no work without kickbacks in the UPA government. In the Congress Raj, no deal was done without a deal.
Regarding the AgustaWestland deal, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, in 2010 there was talk of buying VVIP AgustaWestland helicopter for the President and Prime Minister for an amount of Rs 3,600 crores. Two years later, in 2012, media reports that kickbacks have occurred.
He said, CBI investigation started in this case in 2013. Friends, this case is a bit old, but the legacy of the UPA does not end. We have come to power for six years, but so far the UPA feats are coming out. The deal was canceled in January 2014. Before today's story let me tell you something so that you can understand it easily.
Congress party should answer on this issue
The Union Minister said, Rajiv Saxena told the ED that money was given to the leaders and top officials. The total kickback was 70 million yura. He said, if AP means Ahmed Patel, then FAM should also come before the people. Does FAM mean family and if so, everyone knows whose family is in the Congress party.
Prasad said that the President of the Congress Party, the Crown Prince and the leaders will have to answer. These people should tell the country that many Congress leaders have been mentioned before the court, what do they have to say on this?
What is the matter about which Ravi Shankar Prasad surrounded Congress
According to the report of the English newspaper Indian Express, Rajiv Saxena, currently out of jail on bail, was extradited from Dubai to India in August last year. The Enforcement Directorate has also seized his property worth about Rs 385 crore.
The newspaper has read Rajiv Saxena's statement of about a thousand pages. This includes information on its banking statements, records of foreign companies and emails made to prominent people. It contains information on several hawala transactions and foreign companies that Saxena established for the accused involved in the case. Saxena has accepted it. The CBI filed a subsidiary chargesheet in the AgustaWestland scam in September.
Looking at the details of Saxena's statement reveals how the alleged shortcomings of the AgustaWestland deal flowed through the two companies Saxena's Interstellar Technologies and Global Services, owned by Christian Mitchell. Christian Mitchell was extradited to India in December 2018 and is currently in jail.
According to the newspaper, on September 17, the CBI filed two supplementary chargesheets in the court, stating that in 2000 Saxena acquired 99.9 per cent shares of Interstellar Technologies. Saxena is alleged to have acquired Euro 12.40 million in the Interstellar Technologies account from AgustaWestland in association with Gautam Khaitan. Such a huge amount was used to pay the middlemen and suspected officials involved in the deal.
What did Kamal Nath say when his son's name came up
Kamal Nath said, there are no documents or bank accounts for my son's involvement with the case. Anyone can open a foreign account without informing anyone and name someone as beneficial owner. He may not even know about it.
What did Salman Khurshid say when the name comes
When senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid was asked by the accused to be named in the chopper scam, he said, “I am surprised that my name has come up as part of the AgustaWestland investigation.” Dev Mohan Gupta, father of Sushen Mohan Gupta, is my close family friend and I am his well-wisher. Apart from knowing them well, neither do I know other persons like Ratul Puri or Rajiv Saxena nor do I have any relation with them.