MoD opts for direct approach: Will ask AgustaWestland if it bribed Indians

If you want a direct answer, just ask a direct question. At least that seems to be the logic of the Defence Ministry in relation to the chopper scam.

According to PTI reports, the Indian government will ask Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland's parent company, if the alleged bribes were paid to Indian individuals or entities in the Rs 4,000-crore deal for 12 VVIP helicopters in 2010.

Meanwhile investigators from the CBI, which is investigating the controversy, met with Defence Ministry officials today.



The government also warned of legal action including blacklisting of Finmeccanica if corruption allegations against it are proved.

Following the arrest of Finmeccanica CEO Guiseppe Orsi and two Italian middlemen in Italy, the Ministry of Defence ordered a probe on Wednesday into the VVIP chopper deal that Orsi is accused of securing through bribes.

Amidst suspicion of bribery, Indian mission in Rome had sought a detailed report from Italian government but Italy had said it could not be shared as it was under judicial process.

The Ministry of Defence also 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.

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2013 18:35 PM

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