Tainted chopper deal: CBI team to return empty-handed
Posted on: 08:49 AM IST Feb 22, 2013
New Delhi: The CBI team is likely to return from Italy on Friday with not much success as the Italian officials refused to share their probe report in the tainted AgustaWestland deal. The CBI team met the top management of Finmeccanica who have assured cooperation in the investigation.
The team had gone to Italy a week ago to request for assistance in probing the alleged role of Indians in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal. The Italian court of Busto Arsizio is hearing the case in which Italian investigators have arrested Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini for allegedly paying kickbacks to secure the Rs 3,600 crore deal for supplying 12 AW-101 choppers to India.
Soon after the arrest was made in Italy, Defence Minister AK Antony had ordered a CBI probe into the matter. He also initiated the process of cancelling the deal by sending a show cause notice to AgustaWestland asking it why the deal should not be cancelled in view of the charges against it.
With Additional Inputs from PTI
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