Agusta chopper scam: Don't play victim: BJP to Rahul Gandhi

Asks Congress VP to also answer questions related to the other scams — coal, 2G and National Herald — that occurred during UPA’s regime

New Delhi: The BJP yesterday asked Rahul Gandhi not to play a ‘victim’ and said it was not targeting him or Congress president Sonia Gandhi but corruption. BJP said it was the Congress vice president’s responsibility to answer questions over ‘scams’ that occurred during his party’s rule.

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

“Our target is corruption not individuals. Congress has been a champion of corruption and it is natural that it will be held accountable. Charges have been framed in many such cases like coal scam and 2G scam and he is himself an accused in the National Herald case. He should not play victim and rather answer questions,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma.

Sharma said Rahul Gandhi brushed aside a BJP MP’s letter to probe agencies that his alleged links with accused in the CWG and VVIP chopper scams be checked, saying “I’m always being targeted, happy to be targeted.” The BJP, Sharma said, came to power on the plank of making India corruption-free and is now working to eradicate corruption.

CBI grills Tyagi again, summons Gautam Khaitan
Former IAF chief SP Tyagi was grilled by the CBI for the second day yesterday in connection with the controversial R3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. Tyagi arrived at the CBI headquarters at 11 am, sources said. They added that the CBI has now summoned Gautam Khaitan, former board member of Aeromatrix, one of the suspects in the case, who will be questioned today. Besides, Tyagi’s cousins — Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep — have been called later this week.

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