New Delhi, May 4: Italian judge, Marco Maria Maiga, who passed the landmark judgement against Finmeccanica earlier in the month, expressed his opinion on the ongoing political firestorm in India. Judge Maiga claimed that the erstwhile UPA government did not co-operate with the Italian probing agencies which diluted the case to a great extent against AgustaWestland. The judge further claimed that the role of Indian politicians and bureacrats are contentious and he has not given a clean chit to any of them. But due to lack of evidence, the probe in Italy could not put definite charges against the members of Indian establishment who were beneficiaries of the corruption-ridden deal between AgustaWestland and the Indian government.Also Read - AgustaWestland Scam: Delhi Court to Hear ED's Plea Seeking 14-Day Remand of Ratul Puri
“We demanded the Indian government to provide us with all the documents related to the case. But we were provided with only 3 documents. This weakened the case to a great extent,” the Italian judge said while speaking to NDTV. Speaking on the role played by Indian politicians, the judge added, “We have some indication of political involvement but interpretation is free.” (ALSO READ: Subramanian Swamy joins AgustaWestland debate, creates firestorm in Rajya Sabha) Also Read - Trouble Mounts For Ratul Puri, Court Dismisses Plea to Cancel NBW in Agusta Case
“My judgement does not give clean chit to Indian politicians. But there is considerable amount of evidence to believe that members of political establishment were beneficiaries of corruption. Middleman Guido Haschke’s bribery note names ‘AP’ among those who were targeted to swing the deal,” the judge said, further adding, “It is up to the Indian government now to prosecute those involved in the crime.” Also Read - Rs 300-Crore Posh Delhi Bungalow, FDI Worth USD 40 million Seized in Probe Against Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri
Both the Houses of Indian Parliament were rocked with debates on Wednesday over the AgustaWestland scam. Dramatic scenes surfaced from the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling party MPs Bhupender Yadav and Subramanian Swamy took on Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Anand Sharma.