AgustaWestland deal: CBI rushing a team to Italy to probe alleged kickbacks

Chopper scam

The CBI team had yesterday asked the Defence Ministry officials to provide its files related to any sort of internal inquiry undertaken by them in connection with alleged graft in acquiring 12 AW-101 helicopters from Italian firm AgustaWestland for IAF's elite Communication Squadron, they said.

In February 2010, India had inked the Rs 3,600 crore deal to acquire 12 three-engine AW-101 choppers from the Italian company for the services of VVIPs including the President and the Prime Minister.

On Monday, Italian agencies had arrested Giuseppe Orsi, the CEO of Agusta Westland, the subsidiary of Finmeccanica, for alleged bribes given to Indian middlemen to clinch the deal.

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