VVIPs

  • AgustaWestland case: CBI rejects allegation of non-cooperation 08-04-2014 03:26 PM

    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...
  • Italy court bars encashing Agusta bank guarantee, India may file plea 18-03-2014 06:22 PM

    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 18-03-2014 02:25 PM

    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...
  • VVIP chopper scam: India to appeal against Italian court order 18-03-2014 11:13 AM

    An Italian court has barred India from encashing bank guarantees worth over Rs 2,360 crore of AgustaWestland as part of the penalties imposed on it after scrapping of the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal. India has decided to file an appeal against the decision of the Italian court, a...
  • BJP demands court-monitored probe into Rolls Royce contract 03-03-2014 06:44 PM

    BJP on Monday demanded a court- monitored probe into alleged bribery in the purchase of Rolls -Royce aircraft engine and targeted the government once again on the issue of corruption in this context. The party was not satisfied with the CBI probe ordered by the Defence Minister alleging the government...
  • VVIP chopper deal: BJP raises questions on Antony's statement 08-02-2014 11:56 PM

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday sought "clarification" from Defence Minister AK Antony as to why the "Family" mentioned in middleman Guido Haschke's statement before an Italian court in the VVIP chopper deal case is being given "another meaning". "Is it rocket science, in the political arena, to decipher the abbreviation...
  • AgustaWestland scam: Another Air ex-Chief, Fali Major, named in probe 07-02-2014 05:30 PM

    New Delhi: The AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam took a new turn as the name of another former Air Chief Fali Major cropped up during investigations. Finmeccanica lawyers mentioned him in an Italian court saying he had reportedly accepted the company's hospitality while on a trip to Italy in 2007. Major...
  • Chopper deal: After SP Tyagi, former IAF chief Fali Homi Major in the dock 07-02-2014 08:33 AM

    New Delhi: In a case that is bound to bring the Indian Air Force back in the news for wrong reasons yet again, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major has been named in the infamous, AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam even as the allegations against former IAF chief...
  • News 360: Caste-based quota stays, says Sonia Gandhi 05-02-2014 08:40 PM

    The Congress has distanced itself from party leader Janardhan Dwivedi's statement on OBC quota. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has issued a statement affirming the Congress's commitment to caste-based quota. ...
  • AgustaWestland: BJP calls it a repeat of Bofors, to raise issue in Parliament 02-02-2014 07:51 AM

    New Delhi: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is in no mood to let the Congress breathe easy after a letter related to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal emerged in which a middleman stated that key aides of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi need to be targeted to push the deal through....
  • AgustaWestland deal: New letter puts Sonia in a spot, CBI takes note 01-02-2014 09:22 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress is in a spot of bother after more details emerged in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case with the Central Bureau of Investigation taking note of it. The details emerged after CNN-IBN accessed a copy of a letter by key middleman Christian Michel produced in an...
  • Middleman asked AgustaWestland to target Sonia aides for chopper deal 01-02-2014 07:15 PM

    New Delhi: There's a new twist in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam that is bound to be a big embarrassment for the Congress. CNN-IBN has accessed a copy of a letter by key middleman Christian Michel produced in an Italian Court. The letter was written by Michel to the...
  • AgustaWestland scam: CBI to probe if key middleman was protected 30-01-2014 07:32 AM

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken note of a CNN-IBN report which said that one of the prime accused middlemen in the AgustaWestland chopper scam had flown to India several times, and in fact, he was in India just a week before the investigative body filed...
  • US firm Textron offers VVIP choppers to India 24-01-2014 03:51 PM

    After India scrapped a contract for procuring VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland, American firm Textron on Friday said it is ready to offer its unique V-22 Osprey helicopter to India for ferrying its dignitaries. "We are ready to offer to India the V-22 Osprey in the VIP configuration through the Foreign...
  • VVIP chopper scam: CBI seeks President's approval to examine statements of WB, Goa Governors 21-01-2014 07:51 PM

    After the refusal by Law Ministry, the CBI has now approached President's office seeking permission to record as witness the statements of Governors M K Narayanan and B V Wanchoo in connection with the probe into the VVIP helicopter deal. Highly-placed sources said permission has been sought from President Pranab...
  • Examining issue of blacklisting AgustaWestland, says AK Antony 20-01-2014 04:08 PM

    After scrapping AgustaWestland's Rs 3,600 crore deal for supplying VVIP choppers, the Defence Ministry on Monday said it will take a decision on the issue of blacklisting the firm after consultations with the Law Ministry and CBI. "We are examining the whole thing and we will take a decision after...
  • AgustaWestland deal: CBI questions middleman Guido Haschke 09-01-2014 06:44 PM

    New Delhi: A team of Defence Ministry and CBI officials are questioning middleman Guido Haschke in the Rs 3600-crore AgustaWestland chopper scam in Italy. It is for the first time that CBI officials were part of Haschke's examination. Sources said that Haschke has refused to answer any specific query from...
  • AgustaWestland scam: CBI to question Guido Haschke in VVIP chopper deal 07-01-2014 07:39 PM

    A team of CBI officials is leaving for Milan to question European middleman Guido Haschke who will be produced before an Italian court on January 9 in connection with alleged bribery scandal to clinch Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal in favour of AgustaWestland. CBI sources said a team led...
  • AgustaWestland case: CBI books Brig VS Saini 04-01-2014 06:46 PM

    In an off-shoot of VVIP helicopter deal scam, CBI on Saturday registered a case against a Brigadier working with Army Aviation for allegedly fudging trial flight records of the copters. CBI registered the case against Brig VS Saini of Army Aviation Corps and unknown officers of the Army and Defence...
  • Chopper scam: Italian court allows India to question Hashcke 07-12-2013 10:35 AM

    New Delhi: An Italian court on Friday allowed Indian authorities to question alleged middleman Guido Hashcke in the chopper scam case. According to reports, Haschke was giving his statement to the court in Milan when a team of Indian officials present there were allowed to question him. Hasckhe is the...
  • AgustaWestland denies violation of contract, to file written response to Defence Ministry 20-11-2013 01:33 PM

    Faced with the prospect of the nixing of its Rs 3,600 crore deal for the supply of 12 VVIP choppers, AgustaWestland on Wednesday denied it had violated any contractual obligations in the pact for the same with IAF. "AgustaWestland denies all allegations of violation of the pre-contract integrity pact and...
  • India set to cancel deal with AgustaWestland: Reuters 19-11-2013 05:38 PM

    New Delhi: India is all set to cancel the scandal-tainted AgustaWestland deal to deliver VVIP choppers, according to Reuters. Reuters have quoted three sources saying that India has decided to cancel the deal with AgustaWestland. The news agency reports that the decision was taken before a meeting with the the...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey 18-10-2013 11:43 PM

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: India hunts for treasure in Unnao, PIL seeks SC monitoring 18-10-2013 09:08 PM

    Even as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) started the excavation work at the Unnao fort of former king Raja Ram Bux Singh on Friday to search for 1,000 tonnes of gold reportedly buried under it, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court asking the court to monitor...
  • AgustaWestland deal: Italian middleman Haschke arrested on charges of bribery 18-10-2013 08:11 AM

    Milan: Swiss authorities on Thursday arrested Italian middleman Guido Haschke on bribery charges in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal with India. According to Italian media reports he might be brought to Italy next week if he does not appeal against his extradition in a Swiss court. The Italian and Indian...
  • IAF seeks early decision on VVIP choppers 04-10-2013 05:44 PM

    IAF is pushing for an early decision on VVIP choppers as it has told the government that the Mi-8 helicopters being used to ferry dignitaries would be phased out from next year. "There is a CBI case (in the chopper scam) going on here and Italian investigations are happening in...
  • Ex-IAF chief F H Major defends decision of holding chopper trials abroad 13-08-2013 11:14 PM

    Facing criticism for allegedly insisting on holding the trials of the helicopters in the VVIP chopper deal abroad, former IAF chief F H Major on Tuesday defended his decision saying that as a service chief, he wanted the equipment to be delivered at the earliest possible time. Talking to TV...
  • AgustaWestland deal: 70 secret Indian defence documents seized 30-07-2013 10:44 AM

    New Delhi: In the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal probe, Italian prosecutors have claimed that 70 top secret Indian Defence Ministry documents were stored in the hard disc of the company's computers. The documents were seized from middlemen Carlos Gerosa and Guido Haschke. The information was related to...
  • SC pulls up state governments for not doing away with beacon lights 09-07-2013 04:49 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has pulled up state governments for not doing away with the indiscriminate use of beacon lights. The apex court has slammed all state governments for not responding to a letter by the Union Home Secretary on the issue. The Home Secretary had directed all the...
  • Uttarakhand: Rahul meets rescue teams, relatives of those missing 25-06-2013 01:49 PM

    Dehradun: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the Char Dham air base in Guptkashi on Tuesday and spoke to pilots and relatives of those who have gone missing after flash floods hit Uttarakhand. The Congress Vice President sidestepped questions from CNN-IBN's Subhajit Sengupta. Rahul, like other politicians, has been criticised...