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Agustawestland scam

Probe focus on those named

Govt’s all-out offensive against Cong; take action, don’t threaten: Oppn05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

NEW DELHI: Stating that the CBI had already done considerable investigation in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the inquiry would now focus on the roles of those named by an Italian court in its ruling.

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Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4

Stating that the CBI had already done considerable investigation in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the inquiry would now focus on the roles of those named by an Italian court in its ruling. 

In an all-out offensive against the Congress leadership, Parrikar told the Rajya Sabha that there was an agreement that “corrupt practices were involved” in the procurement of VVIP helicopters and the Italian court judgment unequivocally accepted this. The Minister, replying to a debate in the House on the chopper controversy, did not name anybody. 

Former Defence Minister AK Antony and Congress leader Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, sought a thorough probe to trace all those who had received kickbacks. “It is proved beyond doubt that there is corruption in the deal. If you have evidence, take action, but do not threaten,” Antony said, reiterating  the demand by other political parties, including the SP, the JD-U, the Left and the BSP, for action against the company and an  SC-monitored probe, a demand that was rejected.  

Parrikar said the CBI was on the money trail. “The government will leave no stone unturned to bring to justice those who have committed these corrupt acts against national interest,” he said.  

“It is evident that trials were not conducted because chopper was at the development stage. Hence, the main action required is to trace and unmask the means of these corrupt practices,” he said. 

Patel's name has been dragged because initials “AP” were found on  documents recovered during the probe by the Italian authorities.  

"The inquiry will focus on the roles of those named in the judgment of Italian court... Where has the money (kickbacks) gone? It appears an invisible hand was guiding the action or inaction of the CBI and the ED" Manohar Parrikar, Defence minister

"I will quit the Rajya Sabha and retire from public life if any allegation is proved. The propaganda against me, my party and leaders is baseless" Ahmed Patel, Political secretary to Congress president

Agustawestland scam

‘AP’ who? One heads Gujarat too: Congress

05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

New Delhi: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi today responded point-by-point to allegations of wrongdoings levelled by BJP’s Bhupendra Yadav against the previous UPA government in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper scam.



05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

INDIANAPOLIS: Billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump completed his transformation from long-shot White House candidate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee after his commanding win in Indiana’s primary forced his main rival Ted Cruz to out of the race.

Murthal case in HC: Haryana Police admit there are ‘victims’

05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a departure from its earlier stand on the Murthal rape case, the Haryana Police admitted the existence of “victims” before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the first time today.

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Heard of kidnapping, what relief in the end

05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

Patiala: I dropped my daughter, who is in Class I, at the British Co-Ed School at 7.35 am this morning. As she entered the schoolgate, I took a turn to return home. Seconds later, I received a call that something was wrong at the school.

Centre told to elevate 3 HC CJs to apex court

05 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of three Chief Justices of high courts as judges of the apex court. It has also asked the Centre to process the appointment of senior advocate L Nageswara Rao, who has been the Additional Solicitor General, as a judge of the apex court.

Bottles hurled, Capt denies it

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05 May 2016 | 2:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: Almost two weeks after Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh cancelled his tour of Canada, Sikh radicals raised pro-Khalistan slogans and hurled bottles at the his car while he was leaving a conference venue at Clovis in California last night. He, however, refuted the reports.

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Another Dalit gangraped in Kerala

Another Dalit gangraped in Kerala

05 May 2016 | 1:49 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 19-year-old Dalit nursing student was allegedly gangraped in Varkala, days after the rape and murder of a law student in Kerala’s Ernakulam district that sparked protests by students and right activists.


UT to regulate fees of private schools

UT to regulate fees of private schools

05 May 2016 | 2:16 AM

CHANDIGARH: Acting on complaints of a large number of parents, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to put in place a mechanism through which the fee structure of private schools can be regulated.

NoA torn mattress at the Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.

Crumbling healthcare needs quick fix

05 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

PATIALA:Dumps of biomedical waste in various corners is what meets the eye as one enters the once prestigious Government Rajindra Hospital here.


Kidnapped Patiala schoolgirl freed in 6 hrs

05 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

PATIALA: A seven-year-old girl on her way to school in a rickshaw was kidnapped this morning.

4 incidents in a month have cops worried

05 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

PATIALA: The trend of kidnapping for ransom, once a thriving “business” in Bihar, is fast catching up the fancy of criminals in Punjab which reported four high-profile kidnappings in the recent past.

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HC examines audio-video evidence in Murthal case

05 May 2016 | 12:51 AM

CHANDIGARH: For 48 minutes, the Punjab and Haryana High Court examined in camera audio and video evidence placed before the Bench in a case about alleged sexual assault on women in Murthal during the Jat agitation for reservation.

Despite rain, forest fires rage in lower hills

Despite rain, forest fires rage in lower hills

05 May 2016 | 12:53 AM

SHIMLA: In spite of moderate rain in some parts of Himachal forest fires continued to rage in lower hills and five dozen more cases of small ground fires occurred during past 24 hours.

Trekking for water the norm in Jammu region

Trekking for water the norm in Jammu region

05 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

Mandi Kheri (Samba): It is 11:30 am. The sun is blazing at Mandi Kheri village in Samba district, some 35 km south of Jammu. Near an old tubewell, a group of women are filling plastic jars and buckets to take water home.

Nepal PM Oli in trouble as Maoists withdraw support

Nepal PM Oli in trouble as Maoists withdraw support

05 May 2016 | 1:48 AM

KATHMANDU: The KP Oli government in Nepal on Wednesday teetered precariously after key ally UCPN (Maoist) decided to withdraw support and form a national unity government under its leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', with the main opposition Nepali Congress and Madhesi parties agreeing to back its move.

NoMorne Morkel celebrates with captain Gautam Gambhir after the dismissal of Punjab’s Marcus Stoinis in Kolkata on Wednesday. AFP

Kings fight but lose to Knights

05 May 2016 | 1:51 AM

KOLKATA:Andre Russell came up with a magical last over to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) grab a seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here on Wednesday.


It’s over between WFI and wrestling league promoter over money

05 May 2016 | 1:51 AM

NEW DELHI:The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided to part ways with ProSportify, the promoter and organiser of the one-season old Pro Wrestling League (PWL).

BCCI’s ‘indispensable’ bosses must be forced out

05 May 2016 | 1:51 AM

Like a cantankerous child whose toy has been forcibly taken away, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has been throwing tantrums and almost questioning the power of the Supreme Court to “interfere” with the governance of what they claim is a wholly private society.

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