India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in Agustawestland VVIP chopper deal has reached an advanced stage, Minister of State for Defense Rao Inderjit Singh said in parliament on Friday.
The minister said in a written reply to a question, “The investigation is in advanced stage and during the probe, the central investigative agency has sent Letters Rogatory to Italy, Tunisia, Mauritius in 2013 and UAE, UK, Switzerland, Singapore and British Virgin Islands in 2014.”
The authorities in UAE have sought further information. Further, as desired by the Mauritius authorities, fresh LR is being sent to Mauritius. LR execution report is awaited from all the above mentioned countries.
During the course of investigation, one of the accused was arrested, who was later released on bail. Directorate of Enforcement has also issued two provisional attachment orders attaching the properties valued at US$756 thousand approximately out of the proceeds of crime.
Directorate of Enforcement has also registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 and investigations are underway.
The case is pending in the Court of Special Judge, Patiala House Court, New Delhi and it is under investigation.
A clearance certificate from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will enable AgustaWestland participation in ‘Make In India initiative, Economic Times News Daily reported Thursday. According to the news daily, Indian government has sought views from the investigating agency on whether the blacklisted chopper manufacturer be allowed for the Make In India initiative
Agustawestland's AW139 intermediate twin helicopter delivered to the Chilean national police force has entered the service, the company announced Thursday. The helicopter will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security across the nation, search and rescue and transport
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland has signed a £580 million contract to provide an availability based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2020. UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne said, “Our fleet of Merlin helicopters has benefitted from considerable investment by the MOD through major upgrades in recent years
AgustaWestland has expanded transmission testing capabilities at Philadelphia facility, bringing full Maintenance Repair and Overhail (MRO) services for intermediate and tail rotor gearboxes nearer to customers operating in the USA. The multi-model intermediate and tail rotor gearbox test system is the result of design and installation collaboration with RedViking
Indias Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Air Chief SP Tyagi and two others over alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal worth 3,700 crores (US $753 million). Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan, and SP Tyagis cousin, Sanjeev Tyagi, alias Julie Tyagi also arrested by CBI in the case
The VVIP chopper scam involving Italian firm AgustaWestland has put a dent on the future projects of the Indian Navy. More than a dozen under-construction warships, including the upcoming sea-borne aircraft carrier and the Scorpene Submarines, were built according to specifications of certain types of weaponry or radars
Reports of the sentencing of former Finmeccanica boss, Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former head of AgustaWestland, has once again brought the spotlight on suspicion of bribery in the deal to sell 12 VVIP helicopters to India. Italian Media reported that Giuseppe Orsi, was sentenced today by the Milan appeals court to 4
A Delhi court has issued an open ended non-bailable warrant against Christian Michael James in the INR 3,600 crore (US $540 million) VVIP Chopper deal case. The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought a non-bailable arrest warrant against a London-based accused in the VVIP helicopter ‘scam case earlier this month
India is likely to commit 10 Mi-17 V5 helicopters for VVIP duty from its recent decision to order 48 more choppers from Russia. The 10 choppers will be configured for VVIP flights with changes to the interiors, communication and defensive systems
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