The government refuted allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a deal with the Italian government to exchange the marines lodged in India for information on Congress’ Sonia Gandhi’s involvement in the AugustaWestland case. “This is a totally baseless assertion, devoid of reason and logic, and indicative of malicious intent,” it said.

The government issued a statement on allegations made against it in connection with the VVIP chopper scandal which emerged in 2013.It said, “Those who cannot see Prime Minister succeed even hint at him cutting a deal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Prime Minister Modi did not cut any deal of any sort.”

Further, allegations against National Secirty Advisor AjitDoval and Principal Secretary to the prime ministerNripendra Mishra were made. The government said, “A few have even sought to link one of the accused with Doval and Mishra.In reality, there is no such connection.”

The Congress, meanwhile, has asked the government to complete its probe in to the scam in two months, using investigation agencies. The party called for a probe “instead of circulating manufactured falsehood”, before the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.Leader of the Opposition in theRajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “It was the UPA regime that cancelled the contract, initiated blacklisting of the company, retrieved the money, seized three helicopters and ordered CBI investigations. If we had done anything wrong, would we have taken such strong steps.”

Both Italy and India have reportedly separately investigated 30 million Euros as kickbacks for the AgustaWestland deal.

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