Putting up a spirited defence in the Rajya Sabha as the House took up a short duration discussion on the raging controversy, Congress member Abhishek Manu Singhvi responded point-by-point to allegations of wrongdoings levelled by the ruling dispensation against the previous UPA government.
Earlier, Bhupendra Yadav of BJP, who initiated the debate, pointed fingers at the UPA government over its role in the deal to purchase 12 VVIP helicopters. Singhvi, while defending the UPA dispensation, attributed "innuendos" against its leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi or Ahmed Patel to the "visceral hatred" of BJP.
"The interest appears to be to keep the pot boiling, not to reach a conclusion and keep finger pointing," he said alleging that the BJP was not interested in finding the real culprits.

Slamming the ruling dispensation for its "hubris" and "arrogance of power," Singhvi said the Congress is not going to be intimidated by such tactics.
Ridiculing BJP's attempt to link certain initials like "CP, VP and AP" to the deal, Singhvi cited the Hawala case in which an initial 'LKA' had featured and the High Court had said the presence of initials constituted no evidence. It was "hypocrisy" of the ruling party in applying "double standards" as leader of the House Arun Jaitley had in the Hawala case argued initials have no evidentiary value, Singhvi said.

He said that 'AP' could stand for many people including the present Chief Minister of Gujarat. The Congress leader said not a single allegation that was being touted was part of CBI or ED findings.

"We are relying on the interpretations and misrepresentations of an Italian court," he said adding the official translation of the judgement is still not available.
He said the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi merely figures in one letter where it is said that she would be among the VVIPs who would fly in the helicopter.
He added that even Guido Haschke, one of the alleged middlemen, had also said that he does not know what the initial 'AP' stands for. "I hope we collect all APs. That illustrates the problem we face when we start using initials," Singhvi said.

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