Tainted Chopper Deal

  • Tainted chopper deal: Finmeccanica ex-CEO Giuseppe Orsi's trial begins June 19, 2013

    Milan: Months after the shocking revelations of the AgustaWestland bribery case, Finmeccanica ex-CEO Giuseppe Orsi's trial begins on Wednesday. A CBI team will also be attending the trial in Milan. Orsi and the CEO of its chopper unit Bruno Spagnoli, will go on trial on Wednesday in a Milan court. Orsi...
  • India made a party in VVIP chopper scam trial June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: India has been made a party in the VVIP chopper scam trial in Italy which is expected to begin in the third week of June there. The Indian side is in the process of hiring a law firm there to present its case in the Italian trial procedures,...
  • CBI quizzes senior IAF official in VVIP chopper deal May 16, 2013

    New Delhi: CBI on Thursday quizzed a senior Air Force officer as witness in connection with alleged corruption in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP Helicopter deal in which former Air Chief is one of the suspects. Without naming the officer, CBI sources said an Air Marshal level officer was examined...
  • VVIP chopper deal: CBI to get phone transcripts from Italy May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: CBI is likely to get transcripts of phone conversations of Italian middlemen allegedly involved in the VVIP helicopter deal, intercepted by law enforcement authorities following court orders in the European country. CBI sources said the documents would be received by the Defence Ministry and later, handed over to the...
  • VVIP chopper deal: Former Finmeccanica chief released from jail May 5, 2013

    Milan: The former CEO of the Italian defense giant Finmeccanica was released on Saturday from jail pending his trial on corruption charges in June. Giuseppe Orsi, who was held for some 80 days in pre-trial detention, faces charges for his alleged involvement in the payment of bribes to secure a 560...
  • Italy: Trial in VVIP chopper scam to begin from June 19 May 3, 2013

    Rome: The 'instant trial' in Rome against ex-CEO of the Italian state-controlled defence giant Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi and the CEO of its helicopter unit AgustaWestland, Bruno Spagnoli for alleged kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with India will begin on June 19. A judge in the northern Italian...
  • Chopper deal: Aeromatrix moves court for defreezing account April 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Aeromatrix Info Solutions private limited, an accused firm in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP helicopter deal scam, has moved a Delhi court seeking defreezing of its bank account for paying salaries to its employees. The Chandigarh-based firm, in its petition, has said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)...
  • After chopper scam, MoD plans to change procurement procedure March 26, 2013

    New Delhi: After the AgustaWestland scandal, the Defence Ministry is planning to tweak its procurement procedures. But insiders claim these changes are unnecessary and misplaced and reflect a knee jerk reaction from the government. South Block is abuzz with reports of an imminent change in the defence procurement procedures. The changes...
  • Chopper deal: Italy demands extradition of Haschke March 23, 2013

    Rome: Italian prosecutors have asked for extradition of Swiss resident Guido Haschke who allegedly allege acted as an intermediary for bribes paid to Indian officials to win the 560 million-euro contract for 12 helicopters. Haschke was briefly arrested by Swiss authorities in October, 2012 in connection with the probe but he...
  • MoD gets AgustaWestland 'contract' with mystery middleman March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has got the 'contract' between AgustaWestland and alleged middleman Christian Michel regarding the controversial VVIP helicopter Rs 3600 crore deal with India. The 'contract' has been provided by the Anglo-Italian firm to suggest that there was no wrongdoing in the deal, sources told PTI. The company...
  • No wrongdoing in links with software firms: AgustaWestland March 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Facing the threat of cancellation of its helicopter deal, AgustaWestland has claimed that there was no wrongdoing in its links with the two software firms, which were allegedly used to pay kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore chopper contract. The Anglo-Italian firm has written to the Defence Ministry,...
  • AgustaWestland seeks more time to give its response March 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Italian firm AgustaWestland has got extension of deadline by seven days from Defence Ministry to explain its links with the software companies that were allegedly used to pay kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal. The Ministry had asked the firm last week to provide details...
  • Chopper deal: CBI files FIR against SP Tyagi, 11 others March 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday filed an FIR against 12 people including former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and his cousins Julie and Docsa in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case. The FIR names four firms and 12 people. The CBI has registered a regular case in the VVIP chopper deal...
  • Chopper deal: CBI to continue questioning IAF ex-chief SP Tyagi March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will question Air Force former chief SP Tyagi and his cousins for a second day on Thursday in connection with the Agustawestland chopper scandal. A preliminary inquiry report was filed last week which named 12 people. The CBI also questioned his cousins Julie...
  • Chopper deal: Key middleman Christian Michel untraceable February 28, 2013

    Milano: While Parliament in India debates the AgustaWestland chopper deal issue, the focus remains on Christian Michel - the key middleman named in the Italian probe report . Even the Central Bureau of Investigation has named him as a suspect in its preliminary enquiry. According to the Italian probe report,...
  • Will accountability be fixed for AgustaWestland deal? February 27, 2013

    The Rajya Sabha passed a motion for the formation of Joint Parliamentary Committee on chopper deal even as the BJP, the TMC and the JD(U) walked out of the House opposing the motion. ...
  • Chopper deal: Oppn walks out as Rajya Sabha passes motion for JPC probe February 27, 2013

    High drama was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha as the government pushed through a JPC to probe allegations of kickbacks in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and the BJP, JD(U), Trinamool Congress walked out even before the motion was passed. ...
  • Chopper deal: RS passes motion for a JPC probe February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a motion for the formation of Joint Parliamentary Committee on chopper deal even as the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Trinamool Congress and the Janata Dal (United) walked out of the House opposing the motion. The Opposition punched holes into the government's arguments...
  • Ashamed of AgustaWestland 'scam': Antony February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on AgustaWestland chopper deal, AK Antony said he was ashamed of the "scam" as a Defence Minister. He assured that the government will investigate the matter and punish the culprits. "Anybody involved (in the scam) will have to face serious consequences...the government is...
  • 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...
  • Rajya Sabha to discuss chopper deal on Wednesday February 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The AgustaWestland chopper deal will be taken up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. It had its echo in the Upper House on Tuesday with the Bharatiya Janata Party demanding a discussion on the issue but the government agreed to have it on Wednesday. "We are...
  • Italian polls head to a deadlock, chopper deal probe may suffer February 26, 2013

    Rome: The voting in Italian elections finished on Monday. As counting is on, indications are that none of the two alliances will be able to form a government. While sources say that this is normal in Italy, the deadlock could mean that the fate of the AgustaWestland chopper deal probe...
  • 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...
  • Tainted chopper deal: CBI team to return empty-handed February 22, 2013

    New Delhi: The CBI team is likely to return from Italy on Friday with not much success as the Italian officials refused to share their probe report in the tainted AgustaWestland deal. The CBI team met the top management of Finmeccanica who have assured cooperation in the investigation. The team...
  • Chopper deal to be discussed in Parliament after March 4 February 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The AgustaWestland chopper deal will be discussed in Parliament after March 4 under rule 193, which does not entail voting. The allegations of corruption in the deal has led to a blame game between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The main Opposition party had said that...
  • 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...
  • Chopper deal: Govt is open to investigation, says Kamal Nath February 20, 2013

    Speaking on the AgustaWestland chopper deal issue on the eve of the Budget Session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that he has told all the political parties that the government was open to all kinds of investigations. "It is not just an issue of corruption but it is an...
  • Chopper deal: CBI can meet Italian prosecutors, say legal experts February 19, 2013

    CNN-IBN's political editor in Europe, Sanjay Suri, spoke to Italian legal experts to try and find out whether India can gain access to the Italian probe report on AgustaWestland deal. The experts said CBI can meet the Italian prosecutors and sign an agreement to support the investigation. ...