Chopper scam: Two member CBI team to leave for Italy, seeks to grill Orsi
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- 2 of 4Government moves to scrap chopper dealAmid rising media and opposition pressure, UPA government on Friday finally moved. The ministry of defence initiated proceedings to scrap deal with the UK-based company Augusta Westland, which is the subsidiary of Italian company Finmeccanica. The ministry of defence has issued a showcause notice to the company seeking cancellation of the contract, an official statement said. The company has been given a week to respond, and the contract will remain suspended effective immediately.
- 3 of 4Scrapping of deal may affect relationship with UKDays ahead of British Prime Minister David Cameron's state visit, the government has moved to cancel the Rs 3,760-crore contract for VVIP helicopters awarded in February 2010 to AgustaWestland. People in UK may lose job if the deal would be annulled. This may cause diplomatic tention between India and England.
- 4 of 4Deal’s Congress connectionA national daily has reported that arms dealer Christian Michel, who brokered the Rs 3760 crore chopper deal, had deep family linkage history with the Congress Party. His father Wolfgang, who he inherited the business of arms dealing from, was close to the Congress party and India’s intelligence agencies. He was an ‘asset’ to India’s foreign intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and was very close to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s confidante. He even gathered political intelligence on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, when she married Indira’s son Rajiv Gandhi, who went into become India’s prime minister after Indira’s assassination in 1984.To read the full report, click: http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/DEL----chopper-scam-middleman---s-father-was-congress----spy----4181979-NOR.html