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Why did Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Italy before the G-7 leave Cong grumbling? Has the VVIP helicopter scam come back to haunt it?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Italy for the G7 summit was his first foreign trip in the third term and his fifth consecutive visit to the Group of Seven countries.

However, his warm welcome to Italy ruffled many feathers back home, with the Congress party in particular going into turmoil as it continued to question the purpose and motivations behind Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Italy.

Sources suggest that the Congress’s grumbling could be due to the ‘fear’ that the AgustaWestland scam (VVIP helicopter scam) will continue to haunt the country, especially at a time when it is basking in the glory of ‘ success’ of Lok Sabha.

BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya also wondered, “Why was Congress constantly nagging about Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Italy for the G7 summit?” He also shared a report detailing what makes the grand old party “anxious and nervous.”

A leading international daily citing sources claimed that Italy has shared their court’s detailed judgment on the AgustaWestland helicopter scam, which runs to 225 pages and also a trail of documents in the India bribery scandal.

It is clear that the damning documents could set the ball rolling and ensure that India’s high-profile politicians and middlemen are punished for their misdeeds.

It also claimed that investigation and prosecution in the Congress-led UPA-era VVIP helicopter scam could gain momentum after Prime Minister Modi’s return from his recent trip to Italy.

What will make matters worse for the Congress is the trail of secret documents that will ‘fix’ the debt and also identify the leading faces of the political party that allegedly received kickbacks worth over Rs 600 crore in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter scam in 2013.

The helicopter scam may not be over in India yet, but the Italian court has convicted the bribers of Indian counterparts. The sealed Italian documents, which were handed over to India, are also said to include names of those who received kickbacks in the defense fraud.

This will undoubtedly set alarm bells ringing among those in power during the UPA-II regime and the skeletons of one of the biggest defense scams, which remained hidden for a decade, are expected to come out of the closet.

Notably, the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter scam is a corruption case of the UPA-II regime, in which bribes were paid to middlemen and perhaps politicians as well, as India struck a deal to buy twelve VVIP helicopters from Italian defense giant Finmeccanica, at a estimated cost of Rs 3,600 crore.

(This article was published from a syndicated feed)

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