Haschke, Gerosa's houses traced, but both missing
Posted on: 01:05 PM IST Feb 18, 2013
New Delhi: Everyday there is a new revelation in the AgustaWestland 101 helicopter deal. The two middlemen in the deal - Guido Haschke and Carlos Gerosa - have allegedly allegation take a huge kickback to swing the deal in favour of AgustaWestland. After Rome and Milan in Italy, IBN7 reached the house of Haschke and Gerosa house in Switzerland. When the IBN7 correspondent asked for Haschke, the response was not very positive and he was told that Haschke was not at home.
Haschke's house is situated at border of Switzerland and Italy. There was no reply when IBN7 tried to know about Haschke's new address. Even his neighbours had no clue about his whereabouts.
Later, the IBN7 team reached Haschke' business partner Carlos Gerosa house, but got the same response. No one was willing to talk about Gerosa and his neighbours said that he did not live there.
The scam had unfolded with the arrest on February 11 of the head of a state-controlled Italian aerospace company that is suspected of paying bribes of about Rs 362 crore in India to get orders for helicopters to ferry Indian VVIPs. The Ministry of Defence has decided to put on hold the receipt of the remaining nine of the 12 helicopters for which the Rs 3600 crore deal was struck in 2010.
Giuseppe Orsi, the head of Italian defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica, was arrested on Monday in relation to a probe into international corruption. He is suspected of involvement in the payment of bribes regarding the sale helicopters produced by Finmeccanica's subsidiary AgustaWestland.