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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
12-December-2012 14:23 IST
Probe Into Purchase of VVIP Choppers
It has come to the notice of Ministry of Defence through several reports, both in Indian and foreign media, that Italian prosecutors had begun a probe into alleged unethical dealings by M/s Finmeccanica, Italy, the parent company of M/s Agusta Westland, U.K. with whom contract for procurement of 12 X AW-101 VVIP / VIP helicopters has been signed and the probe has been widened to include the ibid Contract.

On the request of Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken up the matter with Government of Italy and U.K. to get further details in this regard. However, in the absence of any specific information, Government has not started any formal probe in this regard by Indian Agencies.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri PrakashJavadekarin Rajya Sabha today.