Modi praises Parrikar’s reply to Agusta debate in Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praised Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s response to the Rajya Sabha debate on the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal a day earlier.

“RM @manoharparrikar rose above politics & placed all relevant facts on the table. Urging you all to hear his speech,” Modi tweeted.

“Yesterday’s (Wednesday) speech by RM @manoharparrikar in the Rajya Sabha was one of the best speeches, displaying best parliamentary traditions,” the prime minister added.

Parrikar on Wednesday, in around 45-minute reply, read out a detailed statement and gave a list of what was wrong in the AgustaWestland deal.

The defence minister said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is on a “money trail” and that in the past some “invisible hands” seemed to have been “guiding the actions” of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

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“The CBI, which registered an FIR in March 2013, did not bother to forward a copy of FIR to the ED for nine months. Even more strangely, the ED did not act on the FIR till July 2014,” said Parrikar.

–IANS

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