Govt in the dock over 'AP', 'FAM' in middlemen's 'budget sheet'
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The UPA government has come under fresh pressure in connection with the alleged kickbacks paid in the VVIP chopper deal after Italian prosecutors produced in court a "budget" drawn up by two middlemen which purportedly lists initials of Indian politicians and designations of bureaucrats and IAF officers who allegedly had to be "handled" to fix the deal.
The document is a note Swiss businessman Guido Haschke claimed he wrote during a meeting with British middleman Christian Michel in 2008.
Under the heading "POL" — Haschke has explained in court this referred to Indian politicians — there is a reference to "AP" against which "3 million euro" has been listed.
The other is "FAM" — explained by Italian investigators in other documents as "Family" — against which "15/16 million euro" has been listed. It is not clear if Haschke has explained in court what "AP" and "FAM" refer to.
Bribes worth 51 million euros were allegedly paid by the Anglo-Italian company to bag the Rs 3,546 crore contract.
Three days after The Indian Express first reported such a document had been produced in court in Italy, the opposition BJP Wednesday demanded the government reveal what or who "AP" and "FAM" stand for.
The party said it wants a detailed discussion in Parliament on "alleged payments to persons close to the ruling establishment" in connection with the controversial chopper deal and has accused the government of "running away from discussions".
"We want a discussion on the alleged payments to persons close to the ruling establishment in connection with the VVIP chopper deal. The government has to answer who this AP and FAM referred to in a 'budget sheet' of the alleged middlemen in the AgustaWestland deal are," BJP's deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said.
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