Chopper deal: Jaswant defends Tyagi but BJP questions his role

Former defence minister Jaswant Singh and his party on Thursday expressed contrasting views on former Air Force chief S P Tyagi over the VVIP chopper deal with Italian firm Finmeccanica, with the leader coming out in Tyagi's defence and the BJP stressing he has a lot to answer for. The party demanded a monitored probe to prevent a delay in unearthing the truth.

"We should not make wild allegations against a former Air chief," Jaswant Singh told reporters. "It is not in the interest of either the Air Force or the country. A probe is on. As Mr Tyagi himself has said, the probe should be held early. Do not start judging people simply because of association or simply because former Air Chief Marshal Tyagi has cousins who too are known as Tyagis."

The BJP, on the other hand, asserted the former Air chief cannot evade questions on the deal. "A former defence minister (Jaswant Singh) has commented today, but the BJP still feels Tyagi definitely has a lot to answer for and many more questions during the investigations. He cannot escape answering these questions just because many more people may be involved in it," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.

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