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Apr 25, 2012 at 09:25am IST

Probe ordered into Italian firm's chopper deal with India

Rome: There is worry for India in the Agusta Westland chopper deal with Italy. According to Italian newspapers, the government has begun a probe into the 51 million Euro commission to a Switzerland-based consultant.

The firm, belonging to Guido Ralph Haschke, facilitated the deal of selling 12 VVIP choppers to India in 2010.

The head of Italian aerospace and defence giant, Finmeccanica, is under investigation after a former top employee revealed that the company offered bribes to facilitate the over 3,500-crore chopper deal with India.

Italian media claim this is the biggest defence probe by the government.

However, reacting to the report, Finmeccanica has denied any irregularity in the deal.

In a statement, Finmeccanica said, "AgustaWestland never committed any irregularity or paid any commissions for the sale of the AW101 helicopters to the Indian government, as confirmed by a recent inquiry by the Indian defence ministry."