New Delhi, 11 November: BJP today termed as a “shocking development” the government’s decision to allow a joint venture between Tata Sons and AgustaWestland, which has been issued a show cause notice by the Defence Ministry for violating contractual obligations of the VVIP chopper deal. “In a shocking development the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in its meeting on September 19, 2013 approved the proposal of Indian Rotorcraft, a joint venture between Tata Sons (74 per cent) and AgustaWestland (26 per cent),” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.
Taking strong objection to the government’s move, BJP said the FIPB approval has to be seen in the light of chopper scam. BJP maintained that this decision has come when the defence ministry has issued a final show cause notice to AgustaWestland for violating the terms of the contract and the pre-integrity pact for procurement of 12 VVIP choppers. The Attorney General has also given this opinion and the chopper contract has already been frozen. “Congress must explain its personal interest in getting this done,” Lekhi said.     SNS