AGUSTAWESTLAND DEAL

  • AgustaWestland deal: CBI to examine AP Governor Narasimhan July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI will soon record the statement of former Director, Intelligence Bureau and Governor of Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan as witness in connection with allegations of bribery in purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AngoItalian firm AgustaWestland. CBI sources said Narasimhan, along with then NSA M K Narayanan...
  • Goa Governor BV Wanchoo resigns July 4, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Governor BV Wanchoo stepped down on Friday. Wanchoo is the fifth governor to quit after the BJP government came to power at the Centre. Wanchoo on Friday also gave his statement to the CBI in connection with the alleged bribery scandal in the VVIP helicopter deal. The governor...
  • VVIP chopper deal: BJP raises questions on Antony's statement February 8, 2014

    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...
  • Does MHA's changed stance on Italian marines indicate a deal in AgustaWestland? February 8, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Home Ministry taking a Uturn and revising its sanction of trying the Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen under a law which has death penalty to a maximum 10 years imprisonment, speculations are rife of a possible deal with Italy against the backdrop of latest...
  • AgustaWestland scam: Has UPA subverted India into a kleptocracy, asks Jaitley February 2, 2014

    New Delhi: After recent revelations in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam surfaced, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress and Party chief Sonia Gandhi. He tweeted, "Has UPA, which Sonia Gandhi heads, subverted India into a kleptocracy? Is the government which she controls a filth machine?" The leader...
  • Inquiry by competent authority needed in AgustaWestland deal: CPI February 2, 2014

    Over allegations by middleman Michel in the AgustaWestland deal, CPI leader Gurudas Das Gupta said that there should be an independent inquiry in the case to ascertain the facts. "It is a statement made by an Italian court by a prosecutor to what extent it is correct, what extent it...
  • AgustaWestland deal: New letter puts Sonia in a spot, CBI takes note February 1, 2014

    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 CNNIBN accessed a copy of a letter by key middleman Christian Michel produced in an...
  • India set to cancel deal with AgustaWestland: Reuters November 19, 2013

    New Delhi: India is all set to cancel the scandaltainted 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...
  • Agustawestland deal: Will Haschke's arrest bring more names to light? October 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The AgustaWestland chopper deal is in the news once again after the Swiss authorities arrested a key middleman Guido Haschke on charges of bribery on Friday. The arrest of Haschke is crucial in exposing the Indian link and also establishing the money trail. Guido Haschke is former consultant...
  • 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...
  • Lookout notice against Tyagi in chopper deal: Antony May 6, 2013

    New Delhi: CBI has issued a lookout notice against a former IAF chief in connection with alleged irregularities in procurement of VVIP helicopters, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday. In a written reply to the House, he said, "CBI has issued Lookout notice against a number...
  • Armed forces should have transparency, says Antony April 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of recent scams in defence purchases, Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday said the armed forces should have "transparency" in their functioning. Inaugurating the biannual Army Commanders' Conference in Delhi, he expressed concern over the regional security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and expressed confidence...
  • Government defers purchase of 197 choppers over bribery claim April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday deferred a decision on a deal to buy 197 lightutility helicopters pending completion of an investigation into kickback allegations, the latest setback to efforts to upgrade the country's ageing arsenal. Meanwhile, the Army has asked the government to probe charges that a Brigadier had...
  • Changes to defence procurement rules to be approved April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council is expected to approve changes to procurement rules on Tuesday and sources said the new rules will give domestic industry, both public and private, the right of "first refusal" before the import option is exercised. The rules are intended to boost indigenisation and lower the...
  • 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...
  • Identify the bribe taker in chopper deal, Arun Jaitley demands from AK Antony February 27, 2013

    Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley on Wednesday attacked the government on chopper deal probe and warned it to not "pass the buck to the Italians". He said, "Identify the bribery taker, it is neither the job of British Prime Minister nor the Italian court. The bribe was taken in our...
  • 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...
  • Oppn looks to corner UPA as RS debates chopper deal February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The AgustaWestland chopper deal will be debated in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after the BJP's demand for a discussion. The BJP is expected to raise the issue giving the Opposition the chance to corner the UPA on the tainted chopper deal. The Opposition has alleged that the...
  • News 360: CBI names ex-IAF chief, 10 others in AgustaWestland PE report February 25, 2013

    The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry report in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, naming 11 people and four companies. ...
  • AgustaWestland: CBI PE names ex-IAF chief, 10 others 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, Dosca Tyagi and Rajeev Tyagi have...
  • 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...
  • IAF puts its strength at display at Iron Fist February 23, 2013

    Pokhran: Far from the damaging allegations of bribery in the VVIP helicopter deal, India's political brass assembled at Pokhran on Friday to witness the first Air Force day-night firepower demonstration named 'Iron Fist'. Among other firsts, the weaponised Light Combat Aircraft was seen in action and the light combat helicopter Rudra....
  • AgustaWestland replies to govt's showcause notice February 22, 2013

    New Delhi: In the latest development in the tainted chopper deal, AgustaWestland on Friday replied to the showcause notice of the Indian government, denying any wrongdoing on its part. The company maintained that no rules were broken in connection with the VVIP chopper deal with India. On February 15, the Ministry...
  • Chopper deal: Finmeccanica assures assistance to CBI team February 21, 2013

    Milan: Parliament is set to discuss the AgustaWestland chopper deal after March 4 under Rule 193, which does not entail voting. Meanwhile, in the latest development concerning the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, which went as part of probe to Italy, the top management of Finmeccanica has assured assistance...
  • Budget Session of Parliament to begin today February 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Budget Session of Parliament beginning on Thursday looks set to be stormy with Opposition vowing to strongly raise issues like corruption and inflation even though government expressed readiness to discuss all issues and order any kind of probe into the chopper scam. However, a possible confrontation between...
  • DRDO says it has capability to produce VVIP choppers February 20, 2013

    New Delhi: With the deal for procuring VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland facing the prospect of being scrapped, the DRDO on Wednesday said it has the capability to manufacture such helicopters even though it contended that producing anything entirely indigenously was impractical. "We have the capability to manufacture any system. We are...
  • LS Speaker holds allparty meet ahead of Budget Session February 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget Session beginning Thursday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today held an allparty meeting to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament where opposition is set to target government on issues like corruption in defence deals. Besides Kumar, the meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Karia Munda,...
  • LS Speaker to urge for smooth Budget Session during allparty meet February 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called for an allparty meet on Wednesday to urge all political parties to allow Parliament to proceed as planned during the Budget session starting on February 21. Meira said she would appeal to everyone to allow Parliament to function smoothly amid apprehensions...