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Agusta Westlans scam: Swamy gives privilege notice against Azad

He had made certain comments targeting Congress members on Thursday

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Publish Date: Apr 29 2016 12:53PM | Updated Date: Apr 29 2016 5:19PM

Agusta Westlans scam: Swamy gives privilege notice against Azad

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy submitted a breach of privilege notice in the Rajya Sabha on Friday against Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for "lying" that the UPA government had blacklisted helicopter maker AgustaWestland and its Italian parent Finmeccanica.


Swamy said in a tweet the notice pertained to the breach of privilege committed by Azad "for wilfully telling a lie to RS (Rajya Sabha) on AW (AgustaWestland) blacklisting".


He raised the issue soon after the House met and said he had submitted a privilege notice.


"The notice is under Rule 187 for breach of privilege against Ghulam Nabi Azad," he said.


Swamy had said before entering parliament that Azad "lied" about blacklisting. 


"No blacklisting took place. It is also untrue that we removed the blacklisting. We gave orders that there would be no fresh purchase by the defence ministry until court gives decision," Swamy said, responding to Congress' allegation that the present government took the helicopter maker off the supposed "black ist".


As Swamy spoke, he was interrupted by Congress members, including Kumari Selja who questioned why his microphone was "always on".


Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien urged the Congress members to be quiet and told Swamy that his notice will be examined by Chairman Hamid Ansari.


The BJP and the Congress have been battling it out in Parliament since it emerged that bribes were paid in India during the UPA rule for the Rs. 3,600 crore deal with AgustaWestland for 12 VIP helicopters.


Swamy has been leading the attack on the Congress on the helicopter deal or the "AgustaWestland scam"in Rajya Sabha.


On Wednesday, he named Congress president Sonia Gandhi in connection with the scam. His comments were later expunged from the records.


Swamy protested against the expunction.


"I have also filed a Notice in RS challenging the expunging of my words by Dy Chmn since it is arbitrary unreasonable and against RS Rules," he said in one of his tweets on Friday.


In another tweet, Swamy said Hamid Ansari has assured him a hearing over expunging of his remarks in the Rajya Sabha.