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Chopper deal: Joint team of CBI, MoD, MEA to meet AgustaWestland officials today


Sanjay Suri,CNN-IBN
Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39am IST

Milan: A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Defence Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry will meet the officials of AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica in Italy on Wednesday.

This comes a day after visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the UK needs evidence to proceed against AgustaWestland. Meanwhile, just a day ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, the government said it's ready for a JPC probe.

ALSO SEE Govt must identify all bribe takers in AgustaWestland deal: Arun Jaitley

Defence Minister AK Antony also rejected reports of a divide within the government over the decision to scrap the chopper deal and ruled out his resignation over the controversial deal.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday attacked the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the AgustaWestland chopper deal. "We don't target the government, they give us an opportunity to target them," said Jaitley.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that it was the responsibility of the government to identify the bribe takers in the case, adding, "debate on AgustaWestland in Parliament is not a substitute for the identification of the bribe taker".

Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Jaitley further said that even scrapping the deal was no substitution for the identification of bribe takers.

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