How Accurate Are Manohar Parrikar’s AgustaWestland Claims?
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar addressed the Lok Sabha on the issue of bribes exchanged during the VVIP chopper deal between Italian company AgustaWestland and the previous Indian government on Friday.
Parrikar’s claims earned him accolades from his party people. But how accurate were they?
The fact that the helicopter was under development, and in that sense untried, goes against every grain of security. Most acquisitions of this kind worldwide are based on tried and tested platforms. The world’s most widely used VIP helicopter is made by Sikorsky which was eliminated in the Indian competition.
The CAG noted that the offsets allowed were not compatible with the DPP.
(Surya Gangadharan is former international affairs editor, CNN-IBN and NDTV)