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It also cited clauses of the Integrity Pact that was signed, noting the contract bars paying of bribes or involvement of middlemen. The clause warned of "strict action including cancellation of contract, recovery of payment, blacklisting and penal action" against the vendors.
The defence ministry warned that the government is "determined to take all possible legal and administrative action against the guilty parties and accordingly has ordered a thorough probe by CBI".
The statement also said that the first request for the proposal was issued in March 2002 mandating 6,000 metres as the flying altitude for selection of the chopper.