Vvip Helicopter

  • AgustaWestland: Pleased to give statement to CBI, says Wanchoo July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Goa Governor BV Wanchoo has said he was "pleased" to have given CBI his statement on Friday in connection with the alleged bribery scandal in the VVIP helicopter deal and hoped that the agency would now bring the truth out in the case at the earliest. A statement issued...
  • 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. Highly-placed CBI sources said the agency has informed the Law Ministry that there was no bar on examining...
  • Defence Ministry planning to put an end to single-vendor tenders April 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Seeking to avoid allegations of favouritism and scams in acquisitions, the Defence Ministry is planning to put an end to single-vendor tenders and is expected to issue directions to the Services headquarters soon in this regard. The Ministry is considering formulation of a policy in this regard and it...
  • No further requests in AugustaWestland case: UK April 8, 2013

    London: Britain has stressed that it would not be intervening in any investigations into the AgustaWestland helicopter bribery case. "Prime Minister David Cameron had stated during his India visit (February 2013) that we will offer our help if asked to do so and there have been no further requests. The...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai April 1, 2013

    A CBI report states that Former Air Chief Marshal (retd) SP Tyagi received cash in return for favouring Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland in the controversial Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal. The report, however, fails to mention the amount that was paid to the retired Air Chief Marshal and the...
  • Joint team of CBI, MoD, MEA to meet AgustaWestland officials February 20, 2013

    Milan: A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Defence Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry will meet the officials of AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica in Italy on Wednesday. This comes a day after visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the UK needs evidence to proceed...
  • Italian chopper deal: Joint team of CBI, MoD, MEA reaches Milan February 19, 2013

    Milan: A Central Bureau of Investigation team has reached Milan in Italy to probe the allegations of kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. The joint team of CBI, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs officials will first meet officials at the Indian embassy before they...
  • 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...
  • Antony not part of Manmohan-Cameron meet February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony was not part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's delegation holding talks with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday. Government sources say his presence was not required and his absence was not linked to the AgustaWestland chopper controversy. David Cameron met Manmohan Singh in Delhi...
  • 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...
  • The circumstantial evidence and the Italian probe point to former Air Chief Marshal Tyagi's involvement: Jyoti Kamal February 18, 2013

    CNN-IBN's senior editor Jyoti Kamal joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the AgustaWestland chopper deal bribery scandal. Q. Hi Jyoti Kamal, Good afternoon, why Middle men is involved in defence deal. Indian Govt is against it, but still they allowed. Is there any vested interest. Asked by: Jagannath Pujar ...
  • 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...
  • No commitment on cancelling AgustaWestland deal just yet: Khurshid February 16, 2013

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that all procedures were 'strictly followed' by the UPA government in the controversial VVIP chopper deal. While speaking to CNN-IBN Khurshid said, "We have attempted to get details but because of procedural issues, which continue even now, there has been a...
  • Chopper deal probe may point to more defence personnel February 16, 2013

    New Delhi: The investigations into the AgustaWestland chopper deal may bring in more defence personnel under scrutiny. Apart from the Tyagi brothers, the Italian probe report mentions a military man who also received kickbacks. An alleged middleman, Guido Haschke's confession, quoted in the Italian probe report, mentions negotiations with an important...
  • 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. ...
  • AgustaWestland chopper deal: Where is the money going? February 15, 2013

    The Ministry of Defence on Friday initiated the process to scrap the deal with AgustaWestland for 12 VVIP helicopters. ...
  • Wait for probe report on chopper deal before questioning: Sandeep Dikshit February 15, 2013

    Congress leader Sandeep Diskhit has slammed the BJP for politicising the VVIP chopper issue and said that there is no evidence of President Pranab Mukherjee's involvement. Pranab was the Defence Minister between 2004 to 2006. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Italian chopper deal: UPA blames NDA in factsheet February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The UPA government went into damage control on Thursday over the AgustaWestland chopper deal, issuing a detailed factsheet on the AgustaWestland deal, putting the blame on the NDA. The Congress has alleged that in 2003, the then National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra wrote to the then defence secretary...
  • Bribes are still a reality in India's defence deals: Surya Gangadharan February 14, 2013

    CNN-IBN'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...
  • 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...
  • Tainted Italian chopper deal put on hold: Sources February 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The government has put on hold the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, sources said on Wednesday. The move came even as the government, under fire over allegations of kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, announced a CBI probe. "Nobody will be spared whatever may be the consequences,"...
  • VVIP helicopter deal: India seeks details from UK November 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said India has sought details from the UK in connection with corruption allegations in the VVIP helicopter deal with Italy. He said that "strong action" would be taken in case any foul play is found. "The contract is with a particular company based...
  • Defence body to decide on replacing ageing IAF choppers October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council is set to meet on Monday where a decision is expected on replacing the military's ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters of the Indian Air Force. The meet comes amidst allegations of bribery which threaten to torpedo the VVIP helicopter deal. Italian defence major Finmeccanica stands...
  • IAF says its ex-pilot not among 3 Indians in VVIP helicopter probe October 27, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued a clarification denying that a former pilot is among the Indians named in a bribery case surrounding the sale of VVIP helicopters to the IAF from Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland, that is owned by Italian industrial conglomerate Finmeccanica. Air Force PRO, Squadron...
  • IAF VVIP helicopter deal: Army Brigadier under scanner October 27, 2012

    New Delhi: A Brigadier of the Indian Army is under the scanner for allegedly demanding bribe of USD five million from an Italian company in a helicopter deal, with the Defence Ministry on Saturday seeking details from the government there and assuring "strong action" against the culprits. The allegations were levelled...