Defence Ministry gets contract between Agusta and 'middleman'
The Defence Ministry has got the
'contract' between AgustaWestland and alleged middleman
Christian Michel regarding the controversial VVIP helicopter
Rs 3600 crore deal with
The 'contract' has been provided by the Anglo-Italian firm
to suggest that there was no wrongdoing in the deal, sources
The company has told the Ministry that there was nothing
to indicate that he and other people were hired by it for
committing any wrong, the sources said.
Michel, a British national, along with Italian Guido
Hashcke is alleged to have been hired by Finmeccanica, the
parent company of AgustaWestland, to swing the deal in favour
of the Anglo-Italian firm.
According to Italian prosecutors, kickbacks to the tune of
Rs 362 crore were paid to swing the deal in favour of
Michel has been named in the FIR registered by the CBI in
the chopper scam along with former IAF chief S P Tyagi and his
The firm has again told the Ministry that there was no
wrongdoing in the deal and there was no reason for the Indian
Defence Ministry to cancel the deal, they said.
The Defence Minister had ordered CBI probe into the deal
on February 18 after the arrest of CEO of Finmeccanica
Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by
Italian investigators in connection with the case.