‘Something happened somewhere in Choppergate’: Antony rules out resignation

Amid alleged kickbacks in VVIP Chopper deal scandal, Defence Miniser AK Antony on Tuesday dismissed reports about his resigning, saying he was ready for Parliament session to begin.

“We have nothing to hide. We are prepared to face Parliament,” Antony told reporters, adding, “I am sad over the allegations of kickbacks despite taking all precautions at all stages.”

Refusing to have any difference in the government or with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to deal the issue, Antony said that there was no political decision in India in defence procurement.

He opposed the VVIP Deal Cancellation with Italian company Finmeccanica over bribes charges, suggesting some wrongdoing had happened in the VVIP chopper supply.

“Something happened somewhere” in the AgustaWestland deal for supply of 12 helicopters, Antoby told reporters, added the govt is waiting the CBI report which would expose the truth about the deal.

Six companies have blacklisted by the government and if any graft is found, the deal will scrap and action will be taken.

CBI probe has ordered into the deal after Finmeccanica’s chief executive Giuseppe Orsi was arrested in Milan along with AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by Italian investigators alleged 51 million Euros kickbacks of VVIP Chopper Deal scam to make the win contract to its subsidiary AgustaWestland.

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