The panel is also likely to continue with its inquiry into some aspects of 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scam and the issue of burgeoning Non Performing Assets (NPAs) of Public Sector Banks, which had been gone into by the last PAC, whose term ended on April 30.

A member of the committee, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the panel is likely to take up the chopper scam as the Comptroller and Auditor General had made some adverse comments against it in its report in the past which is already with Parliament.

"A decision on the issues to be taken up by the PAC this time will be finalized in our first meeting likely in a fortnight after the end of the session. We are keen that AgustaWestland issue is taken up and it will be taken up," the member said.

When contacted, the Chairman of the PAC K V Thomas, however, remained guarded.  Asked about the possibility of the PAC taking up AgustaWestland issue, Thomas said,"usually PAC takes up any issue the CAG has examined after it submits its report in Parliament. Sometimes the PAC takes any issue suo moto as well like the last PAC did in case of NPA," he said.

Pressed further whether the PAC will take up the AgustaWestland issue, Thomas evaded a direct reply, saying "All these issues will be decided when the PAC meets."

Also, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned cousins of former Indian Air Force Chief S P Tyagi--Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep--besides advocate Gautam Khaitan for nearly eight hours asking exhaustively about finances, firms established by them and their relations with European middlemen in Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal.

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The three Tyagi brothers - Sanjeev, Rajiv and Sandeep - were questioned for over eight hours at the CBI headquarters in Delhi. Khaitan was questioned for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday.  The CBI sources said the agency has asked SP Tyagi, who was questioned from Monday-Wednesday, to come to the agency's headquarters again on Monday for further questioning.

He was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday. Apart from SP Tyagi, the CBI has also called Pratap Kumar Aggarwal, the chairman of IDS Infotech Ltd (India), and Praveen Bakshi, chief executive officer of Aeromatrix Info Solution Pvt Ltd, on Monday to quiz them in the Agusta case. 

Also read: AgustaWestland issue: How it all started

 

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AgustaWestland chopper scam: Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to take up issue

 

New Delhi: Public Accounts Committee of Parliament headed by senior Congress leader K V Thomas, which was reconstituted this week, is likely to take up the contentious  AgustaWestland case, an issue which has created a political firestorm both within and outside Parliament.

 

The panel is also likely to continue with its inquiry into some aspects of 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scam and the issue of burgeoning Non Performing Assets (NPAs) of Public Sector Banks, which had been gone into by the last PAC, whose term ended on April 30.

 

A member of the committee, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the panel is likely to take up the chopper scam as the Comptroller and Auditor General had made some adverse comments against it in its report in the past which is already with Parliament.

 

"A decision on the issues to be taken up by the PAC this time will be finalized in our first meeting likely in a fortnight after the end of the session. We are keen that AgustaWestland issue is taken up and it will be taken up," the member said.

 

When contacted, the Chairman of the PAC K V Thomas, however, remained guarded.  Asked about the possibility of the PAC taking up AgustaWestland issue, Thomas said,"usually PAC takes up any issue the CAG has examined after it submits its report in Parliament. Sometimes the PAC takes any issue suo moto as well like the last PAC did in case of NPA," he said.

 

Pressed further whether the PAC will take up the AgustaWestland issue, Thomas evaded a direct reply, saying "All these issues will be decided when the PAC meets."