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Bribery row: BJP demands Antony's resignation

Delhi,Politics, Fri, 30 Mar 2012 IANS

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Upping pressure on the government over Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh's allegation that he was offered bribe to clear Tatra truck contracts, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday demanded Defence Minister A.K. Antony's resignation over the controversial issue.


"If the probe in Tatra trucks is continuing from 2009 to 2011, if it is not completed in two years, then this government and this defence minister are trying to cover up corruption," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar (BJP) told the Rajya Sabha while raising the issue during question hour.



"If you are patronising corruption, you have no right to remain in power. The defence minister should resign," he said.


Javadekar rejected Antony's contention that he could not act on the army chief's information on bribe offer as there was no written complaint and claimed that a written complaint did exist.


He informed the house that union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had written a letter to the defence minister two years ago demanding a probe into the matter.


He contended that the defence ministry had even informed Azad that the probe was going on and demanded that the contents of the findings should be made public.


Javadekar also wanted to know what action was taken and who were found guilty.


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