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Chopper scam: Two member CBI team to leave for Italy, seeks to grill Orsi

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  • Feb 16, 2013, 14:19 PM IST
Chopper scam: Two member CBI team to leave for Italy, seeks to grill Orsi

New Delhi:  Defence Minister AK Antony seems to have pressed on the gas in the matter of the ‘dubious’ Augusta Westland VVIP chopper deal as he has taken many steps in the direction prior to full CBI report about the scam, which would be totally dependent on Italian probe. A team of defence ministry officials briefed a CBI team about the deal and the murky clauses that are under  scanner. A two-member team of India’s premier investigation agency  would visit Italy to reach to the bottom of the Rs 350-crore bribery. The team would seek interrogation session with Italian firm Finmeccanica's top boss Giuseppe Orsi. 

The team would consist of a senior investigator and a law officer. Though the CBI begun its probe into the matter, there was confusion about where to start it from. The entire expose is based on Italian findings, which the CBI sleuths are not much aware of. It is likely that it may begin by taking Chandigarh-based Aeromatrix Ltd, the IT firm with business ties to Italian arms company Finmeccanica, under the scanner.  It is the only Indian entity directly linked with the key players in the scam - alleged middlemen Guido Haschke and his partner Carlo Gerosa.

The other angle the CBI might take into account is the fake company IDS, that was allegedly used to route money as bribe to Tyagi brothers. The agency would investigate the people behind the ‘sham’ company, which didn’t find mention in any of country’s corporate data bases.

The CBI is exploring the prospects of grilling the CEO of Finmeccanica ,Giuseppe Orsi, who has been arrested by Italian authorities for allegedly paying bribes to Indian officials to swing the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.




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    Government moves to scrap chopper deal
    Amid 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.
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    Chopper scam: Two member CBI team to leave for Italy, seeks to grill Orsi
    Scrapping of deal may affect relationship with UK
    Days 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.
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    Chopper scam: Two member CBI team to leave for Italy, seeks to grill Orsi
    Deal’s Congress connection 
    A 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.

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