Agusta Westland

  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • VVIP chopper scam: CBI says all documents provided to Italian prosecutors April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI on Monday said it has provided all documents related to Agusta Westland chopper corruption case to Italian prosecutors who are fighting the trial in Italy. A CBI spokesperson said said no document specifically mentioned by the Italian prosecution lawyer has been withheld or declined to be provided. "The...
  • 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...
  • VVIP chopper scam: India to appeal against Italian court order March 18, 2014

    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 Defence...
  • Arun Jaitley blames Congress for uproar in Parliament February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: As the 15th Parliament nears an end amidst disruption and ruckus, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday blamed the Congress for the chaos. In an exclusive interview with IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Jaitley said that a different faction of the...
  • Defence Ministry to keep out Finmeccanica group from military show January 24, 2014

    After scrapping the Rs 3,600 crore chopper contract, Defence Ministry on Friday said it is ousting AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccannica from the biennial military exhibition DefExpo starting February 6. The step comes after India scrapped the contract on January 1 after finding that AgustaWestland allegedly breached the precontract integrity pact (PCIP)...
  • US firm Textron offers VVIP choppers to India January 24, 2014

    After India scrapped a contract for procuring VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland, American firm Textron on Friday said it is ready to offer its unique V22 Osprey helicopter to India for ferrying its dignitaries. "We are ready to offer to India the V22 Osprey in the VIP configuration through the Foreign Military...
  • Examining issue of blacklisting AgustaWestland, says AK Antony January 20, 2014

    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 detailed...
  • AgustaWestland scam: CBI to question Guido Haschke in VVIP chopper deal January 7, 2014

    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 by...
  • No question of arbitration in chopper deal case, says AK Antony November 26, 2013

    There is "no question" of India getting involved in the arbitration process initiated by AgustaWestland in its Rs 3,600 crore chopper deal, which is facing the threat of cancellation, Defence Minister AK Antony said in New Delhi on Monday. With this, India has made it clear that it will not be...
  • AgustaWestland denies violation of contract, to file written response to Defence Ministry November 20, 2013

    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 precontract integrity pact and the...
  • Defence Ministry issues final show cause notice to AugustaWestland for cancelling deal October 23, 2013

    The Defence Ministry has issued a final show cause notice to AngloItalian firm AgustaWestland for cancelling its contract worth Rs 3,600 crore for supplying 12 choppers to the Air Force for "violating" the terms of its contract. The notice was issued by the Ministry on October 21 in which it has...
  • Choppergate: CBI gets fresh documents from Italy September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: CBI has received a fresh tranche of documents from Italian authorities in the AgustaWestland chopper bribery scandal allegedly involving former IAF chief SP Tyagi which is under probe of the agency. The sources said CBI is also expecting to get complete copies of transcripts of phone conversations of middlemen,...
  • AgustaWestland case: CBI studying CAG report August 13, 2013

    CBI is studying the CAG report of on AgustaWestland helicopter deal tabled in Parliament on Tuesday and might file new cases if it detects any aspect of criminality in it. Agency sources said although the mandate of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and CBI are completely different the probe agency...
  • Antony questioned foreign trials in chopper tender: CAG August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony had questioned the IAF decision to hold overseas trials for the VVIP chopper deal but later agreed to the same after receiving an assurance from the then IAF top brass, states a CAG report. In its report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the Comptroller and...
  • Cost of AgustaWestland chopper deal was unreasonably high: CAG August 13, 2013

    The CAG on Tuesday slammed the Defence Ministry and Air Force for "several instances" of deviation from rules in the procurement of VVIP choppers in the Rs 3,727 crore AgustaWestland deal. In its report tabled in Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor General also questioned the decision of the then IAF chief...
  • AgustaWestland deal: CBI may quiz Goa Governor Wanchoo March 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi has named former Special Protection Group (SPG) chief Bharat Vir Wanchoo as being one of the men responsible for making alterations to the terms of the AgustaWestland deal. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to question Wanchoo who...
  • Chopper deal: CBI questions Tyagi brothers March 6, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned cousins of former Air Chief SP Tyagi in connection with alleged kickbacks in Rs 4,000 crore VVIP helicopter deal. Former Air Marshal SP Tyagi is likely to join investigations on Thursday. Julie and Docsa Tyagi are at the CBI...
  • Chopper deal: BJP says JPC makes no sense as LS term ends in 2014 February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday rejected the government's proposal for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the AgustaWestland chopper deal, saying the move was aimed at scuttling the probe as current Lok Sabha's term will end in 2014. "We will make our position clear in the...
  • CBI registers PE in AgustaWestland deal February 25, 2013

    New Delhi: A preliminary enquiry (PE) has been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland 101 helicopter deal. Sources say that former Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) SP Tyagi and his cousins Julie Tyagi and Dosca Tyagi have been named...
  • Chopper deal: CBI procures documents from Italy February 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team that is in Italy to probe the tainted VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland claimed it has procured some important documents from Italian authorities on the case. The CBI team, however, is yet to bring the proof back to India. The team, constituted...
  • President can only be questioned: Prashant Bhushan February 15, 2013

    Prashant Bhushan said that President Pranab Mukherjee and the governors accused in the AgustaWestland deal face immunity but can definitely be questioned by the CBI. ...
  • Bribes are still a reality in India's defence deals: Surya Gangadharan February 14, 2013

    CNNIBN's Surya Gangadharan joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the Agusta Westland chopper deal. Q. Is corruption a part of defence deals in India? Asked by: Priya A. Corruption does seem to dog defence deals in this country. Beginning with Bofors 30 years ago to today's helicopter...
  • AgustaWestland chopper deal: The day's highlights February 13, 2013

    New Delhi: 4:30 pm: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court in connection with the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, seeking probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). 3:15 pm: The BJP questioned the government's inaction over the Italian VVIP chopper deal of...
  • My family members know nothing about the chopper deal: ExIAF chief February 13, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after the Italian police arrested defence major Finmeccanica's CEO Giuseppe Orsi in an ongoing corruption inquiry, there are more details emerging. Reuters now reports that three cousins of former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi allegedly helped twist rules in a helicopter tender won by AgustaWestland....
  • India's chopper deal with Italian firm caught in the corruption net February 13, 2013

    New Delhi: In a big development in Italy that may have huge repercussions in India, the head of Italian defence group Finmeccanica, the owners of AgustaWestland, has been arrested over ongoing corruption investigations into his group. Finmeccanica Chief Executive and Chairman Giuseppe Orsi was arrested in connection with the deal wherein...