Chopper scam: Congress' top leadership will go to jail, says Subramanian Swamy

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New Delhi, May 5: Amid raging controversy over Agusta Westland VVIP chopper deal, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has said that Congress top leadership will soon go to jail for their alleged role in the scam.

When asked about Ahmed Patel's comment that he will leave politics if found guilty, Swamy told Zee News that Patel needs not to do so as he will be found guilty in Rs 3,600 crore scam.

 Ahmed Patel will go to jail: Swamy

Targetting Sonia Gnadhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, BJP leader said that his conviction will automatically end his political career.

Patel's name has been dragged into the controversy because of an initial 'AP' reportedly found in the documents recovered in connection with probe by the Italian authorities.

While participating in debate on the chopper controversy in Parliament, Patel on Wednesday said that "propaganda" against him was due to baseless allegations to defame his party and its leaders.

Earlier, Swamy on Wednesday took swipe at Sonia Gandhi. While speaking in Rajya Sabha on chopper deal, he said that the CBI can, as per the law, question the person mentioned as the "driving force" behind the AgustaWestland deal.

"The CBI has the right under Section 156 of CrPC to question the person who is mentioned in the Italian court judgment as the 'driving force' behind the AgustaWestland chopper deal", BJP leader said.

Swamy said that although the Indian Air Force in 2004 said the VVIP choppers must be able to fly up to 6,000 metres for safety reasons, the Agusta choppers could not fly above 4,500 metres altitude.

He alleged that conditions were manipulated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to egg out the rest of contenders.

"The internationally accepted standard for a chopper's cabin height is 1.45 metres. But in this case, the cabin height specification was set at 1.80 metres.

Only AgustaWestland could fulfill this condition and the rest were out," he said. "Secondly, field trials were done with a different model than the one purchased, and the AW101 was cleared on the basis of these trials. Does it not attract prosecution under Section 420 of IPC?" he added.

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(With inputs from IANS)

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