May 18, 2016 12:00:46 am
Agusta debate: Cong gives breach of privilege notice against Subramanian Swamy
THE CONGRESS Tuesday gave a notice in Rajya Sabha for moving a breach of privilege motion against nominated member Subramanian Swamy. The party had last week claimed that the 13-page document authenticated and tabled by Swamy, from which he had quoted while making a speech in the House on the AgustaWestland chopper deal, was “bogus”.
The Congress said Swamy had claimed that he was reading from the judgment of the Italian court but the 13 pages that he tabled and authenticated included a two-page email that Swamy had sent to himself, nine pages from a website in Silicon Valley and two pages of a news report of a television channel.
Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who gave the notice, said Swamy had used website report printouts to make allegations against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and Oscar Fernandes. “Swamy did not authenticate any letter from Christian Michel (alleged middleman) as he was not in possession of any such letter,” said Naik.
“Swamy mischievously quoted abbreviations AP and said he is a political secretary… All these innuendos amply insinuate a particular specific person most irresponsibly and without authenticating any document,” Naik said in the notice. AP, it was alleged, stood for Ahmed Patel, Sonia’s political secretary.
“Swamy did not produce any certified copy of the judgment, which he should have done and authenticated,” he said.
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