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Chopper deal: CBI gets phone transcripts from Italy

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May 13, 2013 at 04:40pm IST

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday got transcripts of phone conversations between alleged middlemen from Italy. The transcripts are related to phone conversations between alleged middlemen and officials of a Defence firm, in which the Italian government has 30 per cent stake.

The transcripts of the telephone calls were handed over to the Defence Ministry, which has been made as an "affected party" by the Italian prosecutors, official sources said. They have since been given to the CBI.

The transcripts were in Italian language and the CBI was busy translating the same so that a follow up action could be taken, the sources said.

Chopper deal: CBI gets phone transcripts from Italy

It was not immediately known whether the transcripts gave any clues to the involvement of alleged Indian middlemen.

The transcripts are related to phone conversations of alleged middlemen Haschke Guido and Gerosa Carlo which were tapped by Italian authorities and have been quoted in their preliminary inquiry report. According to Italian rules, all documents during any probe have to be shared with the affected parties.

The supply of 12 VVIP Helicopters from AgustaWestland had come under scanner after Italian authorities alleged that the bribe money was given by the company to clinch the deal. The Italian prosecutor, who carried out the preliminary inquiry, alleged that CEO of Finmeccanica, parent company of UK Based AgustaWestland, had used services of middlemen to distribute bribes in India.

It was not immediately known whether the transcripts gave any clues to the involvement of alleged Indian middlemen.

With additional information from PTI

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