Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chopper deal: India to seek specific info from AgustaWestland

Chopper deal: India to seek specific info from AgustaWestland

After rejecting AgustaWestland's

reply to its show cause notice, the Defence Ministry is

writing to the firm specifically asking about its linkages

with software companies allegedly used as a cover for paying

kickbacks in the VVIP chopper deal.


          The Ministry will specifically ask about AgusaWestkand's

transactions with Tunisia and India-based firms IDS Infotech

and Aeromatrix, sources told PTI here.

          The names of IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix have figured in

the investigations by Italian authorities in the context of

allegedly routing a portion of the kickbacks in the Rs 3,600

helicopter deal.


            The firm is expected to be given one week's time to the

to provide detailed answers to the clarifications sought by

the Defence Ministry, they said.

            A show cause notice was issued by the Defence Ministry to

the Anglo-Italian firm late last month as part of the process

to cancel the contract for 12 VVIP choppers.

            The Ministry had asked the firm why the deal not be

cancelled in view of the corruption charges against it.

            The firm had replied to the letter denying any wrongdoing

in the deal but Defence Minister A K Antony rejected the

response of the firm.

            The Defence Minister has already ordered a CBI probe into

the allegations after the arrest of CEO of Finmeccanica

Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by

Italian investigators in connection with the case.

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