VVIP chopper scam: CBI acting as govt’s ‘puppet’ to spread lies, alleges Congress

New Delhi: Accusing CBI of acting as the government’s “puppet” by “planting false news” related to the
VVIP chopper scam, Congress on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi government saying it would not succeed in covering up the demonetisation “mess” through a “captive” Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and should instead answer questions in Parliament.

Randeep Surjewala. File photo. News 18

Randeep Surjewala. File photo. News 18

Randeep Surjewala. File photo. News 18

The CBI should also own up the “malicious news plants” and the media should not fall prey to such tactics, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said following reports that former IAF chief SP Tyagi, arrested in connection with the VVIP chopper scam, had blamed the office of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“A captive CBI wouldn’t succeed in covering up Modiji’s disastrous demonetisation mess. Time for the Modi government to answer questions in Parliament,” he said.

Surjewala also tweeted, “Instead of acting as ‘His Master’s Vendatta Machine’, CBI’s unappointed Chief & Co. should have the courage to own up malicious news plants (sic).”

“Request friends of the media to not become unintended conduits of CBI’s false news plants, which is acting as Govt’s puppet to spread lies,” he said on Twitter.

Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev, and a lawyer were arrested on 9 December in the alleged Rs 450 crore bribery case in the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from UK-based AgustaWestland during the UPA-2 government.

The counsel appearing for the former IAF chief had claimed in the court yesterday that the decision to procure VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and Prime Minister Office (PMO) was also a part of it.

First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 21:15 IST

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