THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Central Government was trying to identify those who had actually influenced the AgustaWestland contract. Answering a query on AgustaWestland issue by mediapersons at the release of NDA’s vision document here, Jaitley said the bribe giver was convicted and it was the turn of the bribe taker to be booked.
He said it was important to identify the real force who influenced the contract. “Strangers cannot get the contract. There must have been persons who had the clout to influence the contract,” he pointed out.
He said former Defence Minister A K Antony has been suffering from amnesia. That is why he claimed that it was the UPA government that included the Italian firm Finmeccanicca in black list in connection with the corruption in the AgustaWestland deal.
He said the Congress’ claim that it was the NDA government that lifted the black list was a figment of imagination. The UPA Government had never included the Finmeccanicca in the black list. It was on May 12, 2014, that then defence minister A K Antony ordered to put on hold the deal with Finmeccanicca. On May 16, the elction results were announced and the NDA government assumed office on may 26, 2014.