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Centre rejects charge that PM Modi struck any deal on AgustaWestland case

The government has denied all allegations saying, “Prime Minister Modi did not cut any deal of any sort.”

The government has rebutted allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had struck a deal with Italy on AgustaWestland case and said the central issue was corruption and any other effort to divert from it was “misleading”.

It also termed attempts to link NSA Ajit Doval and Principal Secretary to PM Nripendra Mishra to one of the accused as “totally baseless assertion and indicative of malicious intent”.

“Those who cannot see Prime Minister succeed even hint at him cutting a deal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Prime Minister Modi did not cut any deal of any sort,” the government said in a late night statement.

It added that a few have even sought to link one of the accused with Doval and Mishra. “This is a totally baseless assertion, devoid of reason and logic, and indicative of malicious intent. In reality, there is no such connection,” it said.

Read the full statement: Government clarification on issues regarding M/S Agusta Westland International Limited (AWIL)

The statement said it is indeed tragic that a small section of the Indian polity has attempted, “unsuccessfully”, to divert and defuse the public discourse on this matter.

They question the speed of the government processes, especially the investigation but, they do not ask how the corrupt influenced the process of acquisition in the first place and bled the nation, it said.

“They do not admit corruption; they instead boldly proclaim, ‘catch us if you can’,” it said adding that government has taken effective action to bring out the truth and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all means to bring to justice the corrupt and the wrong-doers in this case.

“The investigative agencies remain determined to bring to justice the key perpetrators of this misdeed, both inside and outside the country,” it said.

In the matter pertaining to acquisition of AgustaWestland helicopters, the undisputed central issue that stands out is corruption, especially bribery, the statement said.

“Any other line of assumption, approach and effort, as is being attempted in some quarters, is misleading, tries to hide the wrong-doers and is driven by instincts of self preservation,” it said.

On opposition allegations about helicopters purchased by the governments of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the statement said the Centre has been proactive in seeking response.

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