How did Swamy get access to Agusta files: Congress wants to know

Congress’ Anand Sharma asked the government on Thursday how BJP leader Subramanian Swamy got access to sensitive and confidential files of the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the AgustaWestland deal.

Raising the issue through a point of order, Sharma said that during the discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, sensitive documents of CBI and ED were referred to. The House “must know how an honourable member or rather less honourable member” was given access to sensitive and secret files, which he has refused to authenticate and place on the table of the House, Sharma said.

Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said that if Swamy had not complied with his ruling that all documents he was quoting must be authenticated by him and placed on the table of the House, the rule will take its own course.

It (the ruling) has to be complied with,” Kurien said, adding he had given a ruling on Wednesday that all documents quoted from should be authenticated and placed on the table.

“That has to be complied with,” Kurien said.

As Congress members protested, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Swamy had authenticated and placed the documents he had quoted on the table of the House.

Congress’ Pramod Tiwari said that a TV channel was showing how government agencies were creating the pressure of religious missions to implicate the Gandhi family.

Raising the issue through a point of order, he alleged that “some traitors are taking money from other countries to create disorder here … and destabilise the country”.

Kurien said this was not a question of point of order and disallowed. But Tiwari continued to speak on the matter, saying that “some traitors” were working to destabilise the country. The issue could not be discussed further.


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