chopper deal: CBI team leaves for Italy
New Delhi: A Central
Bureau of Investigation team has left for Italy to probe the
allegations of kickbacks in the Rs. 3,760 crore deal for the 12
AgustaWestland101 choppers, a report said. According to reports, the
team would meet Italian prosecutors to ascertain the details of the
Sources said a lawyer is
likely to be engaged in Italy to help the team understand the Italian
law, represent India's case with the local courts, and expedite the
process of getting documents.
A CBI team will probe if
firms had been floated to route kickbacks in the helicopter deal with
AgustaWestland, a Britain-based subsidiary of Italian firm
investigating agency has so far not registered a case as it wants to
get more information about the kickbacks and establish authenticity of
The sources said the CBI
was handed over a letter from the defence ministry seeking a probe
which also contained some press clippings.
Rejecting charges that it
was not proactive in probing allegations of kickbacks in the chopper
deal, the government on Sunday said it would act only according to the
law and not to please the Opposition in this case.
External affairs minister
Salman Khurshid also dismissed suggestions that the alleged scam was
"Bofors-Part II" saying the Opposition should understand
that most of the allegations in the Bofors case were rejected by the
Home Minister resigns
Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen has resigned from the ruling Naga
People’s Front (NPF) government, a party official said on Tuesday.
Imchen put in his papers
after the Election Commission authorities seized cash amounting to
more than Rs.1 crore and weapons from his vehicle on Monday by
troopers of Assam Rifles.
“I felt imperative to
tender my resignation from the Council of Ministers with immediate
effect, owning moral responsibility while holding public office, even
though I have committed no wrong over the incident under the law,”
Mr. Imchen said in his resignation letter, which he submitted to Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio.
On the other hand, the
opposition Congress has sought disqualification of Mr. Imchen from
contesting the assembly election for violating the model code of
The offence committed by Mr. Imchen is a very serious crime under Arms Act and the case should be investigated by the National Investigation Agency.
HC to decide on Gujjar quota
Rajasthan High Court will on Tuesday take up the issue of five percent
reservation to Gujjar and four other communities in state services and
The state government had
decided on November 29 last year to award five per cent reservation to
Gujjars, Raika, Banjaaras, Gadiyalohar and Gadariya communities as
special backward class, taking the total reservation in the state to
54 per cent.
The reservation is being
awarded under Rajasthan SC, ST, BC, SBC and EBC (reservation of seats
in educational institutions in the state and of appointments and posts
in services under the state) Act, 2008.
The HC stayed the quota on
Jan 29 on a PIL, filed by one Mukesh Solanki, that challenged the
decision of state government to implement the reservation, which was
to come into effect from January 30.
A division bench of the
High Court comprising Justice N K Jain and Justice J K Ranka had heard
arguments on the issue of staying the excess four per cent reservation
which is beyond the permissible limit of 50 per cent.