VVIPS

  • Chopper case: Delhi Court extends Khaitan's judicial custody November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The judicial custody of businessman Gautam Khaitan was on Monday extended till November 14 after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a Delhi court that the probe in a money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal was at a crucial stage. Special Judge VK Gupta...
  • Delhi court denies bail to businessman Khaitan arrested in VVIP chopper scam October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday dismisses bail plea of businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested by Enforcement Directorate in VVIP chopper deal-related money laundering case. ED ocarried out its first arrest in the money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal last week, taking into custody Gautam Khaitan, an...
  • SIT on blackmoney to help probe money trail in chopper deal October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money will assist in the probe into money trail of alleged kickbacks in the Rs 3600-crore AgustaWestland choppers deal with Enforcement Directorate seeking its help to send abroad about half-a-dozen judicial requests for cooperation. Official sources said...
  • VVIP chopper deal: Italian court verdict has no bearing in India, says ED October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The recent judgment passed by an Italian court in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal case acquitting two foreigners of graft charges does not have any bearing here in the probe into a money-laundering matter, the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday told a Delhi court. The probe agency's submission...
  • AgustaWestland chopper deal: ED summons ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi's cousin October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a new turn into the AgustaWestland VVIP Helicopter deal probe, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned Sanjeev Tyagi, cousin of former air chief SP Tyagi under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sanjeev Tyagi has questioned the ED's move, pointing out that an Italian court...
  • VVIP chopper deal: I am relieved, says SP Tyagi October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing a CBI probe for his alleged role in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper scam, former IAF chief SP Tyagi on Thursday said that he was relieved by the verdict of an Italian court which acquitted two former CEOs of Finmeccannica of corruption charges in the case...
  • AgustaWestland scam: Former Finmeccanica head Giuseppe Orsi guilty of falsifying invoices, cleared of corruption charges October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: An Italian court on Thursday acquitted Giuseppe Orsi, the former chairman of Italian defence giant Finmeccanica, of corruption charges in the multicrore AgustaWestland scam. Orsi was accused of paying bribes to get the $734 million Agusta chopper deal from India. India cancelled the deal after charges were filed against...
  • 'Explosive' on Air India VVIP aircraft was plastic wrapper October 4, 2014

    Mumbai/New Delhi: A suspected explosive device onboard a stand-by Air India VVIP aircraft has turned out to be a plastic wrapper, an airline official said in New Delhi on Saturday. After a thorough screening of the aircraft, the object "was found to be a plastic wrapper", the official said. The Jeddah Airport...
  • As Xi Jinping leaves Delhi, traffic returns to its normal pace September 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Traffic in many parts of the capital city returned to its normal pace on Friday afternoon after Chinese President Xi Jinping wound up his threeday official visit and left for home. Traffic remained tied in knots in parts of the national capital for the second straight day on Friday...
  • CRPF eyes bullet proof vehicles as VVIP protection duties rise August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: With an increasing number of highprofile personalities coming under its security cover, the Central Reserve Police Force has decided to provide these VVIPs with bulletproof protection during their movements across the country. The force, which has recently been entrusted with the security of BJP chief Amit Shah under...
  • Government puts deals worth Rs 30,000 crore with Finmeccanica on hold August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has put all dealings with Italian firm Finmeccanica on hold. A circular says that all procurements with Finmeccanica and its affiliates have been suspended. The move comes after Finmeccanica settled the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case in Italy. The Indian government move means arms deals worth...
  • Finmeccanica settles with Italy prosecutors to end VVIP chopper deal probe July 29, 2014

    Milan: AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccanica says it has reached a agreement with Italian prosecutors to settle legal proceedings over the the VVIP chopper deal in India, adding this did not equal an acknowledgment of any wrongdoing. India had cancelled the Rs 3,700 crore order with Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland for 12 topend...
  • CBI to look into NDA meeting for VVIP chopper; may examine its own special Director July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After recording statements of three Governors in connection with the alleged bungling in purchase of VVIP helicopters, the focus of CBI's probe into the Rs 3,600 crore deal has shifted to meetings held in this connection in 2003 when the previous NDA regime was in power and it...
  • Margaret Alva to be sworn in as Goa Governor on Saturday July 11, 2014

    Panaji: Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva would be swornin as Governor of Goa on Saturday after predecessor BV Wanchoo resigned last week. Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mohit Shantilal Shah will administer the oath of office to the Governor at Durbar hall of the Raj Bhavan at 6 pm tomorrow,...
  • AgustaWestland: Pleased to give statement to CBI, says Wanchoo July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Goa Governor BV Wanchoo has said he was "pleased" to have given CBI his statement on Friday in connection with the alleged bribery scandal in the VVIP helicopter deal and hoped that the agency would now bring the truth out in the case at the earliest. A statement issued...
  • CBI quizzes Goa Governor as a witness in AgustaWestland chopper deal July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Goa Governor BV Wangchoo is being questioned as witness by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the AgustaWestland hulti crore helicopter scam. Wangchoo was serving as chief of the Special Protection Group at the time of the deal. He is believed to have been involved in...
  • CBI to quiz Goa Governor in the AgustaWestland scam July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: After former West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now be questioning Goa Governor BV Wangchoo. A team of the CBI is in Goa to question him. Wangchoo was serving as chief of the Special Protection Group at the time of the deal....
  • CBI questions West Bengal Governor as witness in AgustaWestland deal June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cenntral Bureau of Investigation has questioned West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan in the AgustaWestland chopper scam probe. MK Narayanan was questioned as a witness in the scam probe. MK Narayanan was the National Security Advisor at time of the chopper deal. He had presided over a meeting which...
  • Goa: CM Parrikar speaks to PM on his stand on Governor's resignation June 25, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that he has communicated to the Prime Minister, his stand on demand of resignation of Goa Governor BV Wanchoo, by the local BJP unit, over the helicopter purchase scam. "As a Chief Minister, I have told the Prime Minister whatever I feel...
  • VVIP chopper scam: CBI to send teams to record statements of Goa, WB Governors June 5, 2014

    CBI will soon send teams to examine West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and his Goa counterpart B V Wanchoo as "witnesses" in connection with its probe in the VVIP helicopter purchase deal. Highlyplaced CBI sources said the agency has informed the Law Ministry that there was no bar on examining...
  • Device to track down snipers developed: DRDO May 28, 2014

    To protect VVIPs from snipers, DRDO says it has developed a laser device which can detect and locate potential assassins hiding behind windows with their hitech rifles. "We have developed a device called the Optical Target Locater. It is a portable laserbased device for detection of optical and electro optical threats....
  • AgustaWestland guarantees: Defence Ministry to take steps to recover amount May 25, 2014

    After an Italian court partially lifted the freeze and allowed India to encash bank guarantees worth Rs 1,818 crore deposited by AgustaWestland in the VVIP chopper deal, the Defence Ministry on Sunday said it will take "immediate steps" to fully recover the amount. The Italian court on May 23 allowed India...
  • Preparations in full swing for VVIP guests at Modi's swearingin May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: As Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi will take oath on Monday at Rashtrapati Bhawan, preparations are underway for the VVIP guests at the swearingin ceremony. Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Bhutan Prime Minister Tobgay will arrive in Delhi on Sunday. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to...
  • Italian court allows India to partially encash AgustaWestland bank guarantees May 24, 2014

    Lifting a freeze partially, an Italian court has allowed India to encash bank guarantees worth about Rs 1,818 crore deposited by AgustaWestland in a bank there in the VVIP chopper deal which has been scrapped because of bribery allegations. "The Milan court partially upheld the complaint lodged by the Indian Defence...
  • Chopper deal: SG cautions against CBI questioning Goa, WB governors May 22, 2014

    Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran has cautioned CBI against questioning the governors of Goa and West Bengal in its VVIP helicopter deal investigation even as witnesses, pointing out that they enjoy constitutional immunity. In his opinion rendered to the government, the senior Law Officer has said that their questioning even as witnesses...
  • Chopper deal: CBI says it wants to quiz Governors as witnesses May 18, 2014

    CBI has clarified to Law Ministry that it wants to question two Governors M K Narayanan and B V Wanchoo of West Bengal and Goa respectively as "witnesses" in connection with its probe in the VVIP helicopter deal. The Law Ministry, after initially denying permission to the CBI, recently asked the...
  • VVIP chopper deal: CBI Director meets Indian envoy in Italy April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI Director Ranjeet Sinha has met Indian envoy in Italy in connection with its probe into alleged irregularities in Rs 3,600 AgustaWestland helicopter deal. Sinha, who was in Rome last week to attend a conference on human trafficking organised by London's Metropolitan Police, held a meeting with Basant Kumar...
  • AgustaWestland case: CBI rejects allegation of non-cooperation April 8, 2014

    Rejecting allegations of "non-cooperation", CBI has said that all documents related to AgustaWestland helicopter bribery scandal have been provided to prosecutors in Italy who are contesting the case there. The agency refuted media reports which alleged that documents have not been provided to prosecutors in Italy which was hampering India's case...
  • Italy court bars encashing Agusta bank guarantee, India may file plea March 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India is likely to file an appeal against the order of an Italian court rejecting its request to encash bank guarantees on the AgustaWestland helicopter deal. In a setback to India, an Italian court has barred it from encashing bank guarantees worth over Rs 2,360 crore of AgustaWestland...
  • India to appeal against Italian court decision on AgustaWestland deal March 18, 2014

    The government of India will file an appeal against the order of an Italian court which rejected India's request to encash bank guarantees on the AgustaWestland chopper deal. India had deposited over 278 million euros as collateral for the agreement to buy 12 VVIP choppers but cancelled the deal citing...