Finnmeccanica

  • Chopper deal: Antony says no need for him to resign February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: After External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Defence Minister AK Antony also denied any differences within the government over the AgustaWestland chopper deal. "There is no question of lack of co-ordination with the MEA," Antony said. He also said that a probe into the deal was on and action will...
  • Khurshid denies differences in UPA on scrapping chopper deal February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has denied any differences within the government on the question of scrapping the AgustaWestland deal. "I have not expressed any reservation at all. I only said whatever decision taken has to be a collective decision," Khurshid said. "I don't think we should take any...
  • CBI team leaves for Italy to probe Italian chopper deal February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: A Central Bureau of Investigation team has left for Italy to probe the allegations of kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. The team is expected to meet Italian prosecutors to ascertain details of the case. Sources have told CNN-IBN that having exhausted diplomatic options, India is...
  • Chopper deal: In tapped phone call, middleman says destroyed evidence February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Central Bureau of Investigation team leaves for Italy to probe the AgustaWestland chopper deal, CNN-IBN has accessed details of phone conversations between between the two Italian middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. The tapped phone conversations also reveal how Haschke claims he has destroyed all evidence...
  • PMO unhappy with cancelling Italian chopper deal: sources February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is divided on whether to cancel the AgustaWestland chopper deal or not. Sources say the Prime Minister's Office is unhappy with the proposal to cancel the chopper deal. This comes amidst reports that the Defence Minister was inclined to cancel the deal in view of the...
  • Chopper deal: Key middlemen not traceable February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: From Guido Haschke to Carlos Gerosa, key middlemen in the AgustaWestland chopper deal seem to have gone underground. CNN-IBN has been trying to get in touch with the key middlemen, but they have been untraceable. Haschke's neighbours told CNN-IBN that he has moved from his current address or...
  • Rome: Finnmeccanica in troubled waters over AgustaWestland chopper deal February 16, 2013

    Finnmeccanica has been served a notice by the Indian government to showcause why the helicopter deal with India should not be scrapped in the light of strong allegations of corruption. ...
  • Chopper deal: 3 key players enjoy Constitutional immunity February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo and West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan - the three key decision makers who were involved in finalising the deal AgustaWestland 101 helicopter deal - enjoy Constitutional immunity. The UPA government's factsheet on the AgustaWestland helicopter deal can bring embarrassment for the...
  • Ousted Finnmeccanica CEO to be quizzed over chopper deal February 15, 2013

    Ousted Finnmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi who is being held in jail but has not been charged, faces allegations of paying bribes to win contract for the company's AgustaWestland unit to supply helicopters for use by Indian VVIPs. ...
  • Italian PM assures action in AgustaWestland chopper deal February 15, 2013

    There is a political war of words in Italy. Taking a jibe at Finnmeccanica, former premier Silvio Berlusconi said that bribes are necessary for business. But facing the heat, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has ensured to get to the bottom of the deal. ...
  • Italian chopper deal: UPA factsheet draws Pranab into the row February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The UPA government's factsheet could prove to be more embarrassing for itself and President Pranab Mukherjee during whose stint as the defence minister the AgustaWestland deal was cleared. The Defence Ministry's factsheet categorically states that the tender was finalised in 2005 - a time when President Pranab was...
  • Jaswant Singh defends NDA's 2003 decision to change chopper deal norms February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh has defended the NDA government's decision to change the chopper deal norms in 2003, saying it was taken for purely professional reasons. "That's true that technical parameters were changed during that time. I don't see why there...
  • Ex-IAF chief denies receiving PMO involvement in chopper deal February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Former Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy has denied receiving any letter from the Prime Minister's Office in 2003 on the AgustaWestland chopper deal. "I don't think there was any request for proposal or anything that started in my time. We have been working on VVIP helicopters since 1993,"...