Chopper deal: Indian sleuths to meet Italian prosecutors



Zeenews Bureau

Rome: A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Ministry of Defence has arrived in Italy as part of the probe into the 2010 AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters deal.

Indian officials will on Wednesday meet Italian prosecutors after the latter agreed to a meeting.

The Indian team visiting Italy includes a CBI deputy inspector general, a legal advisor and a senior MoD official.

Italian public prosecutors are looking into allegations that the Italian firm Finmeccanica, which bagged the deal to supply AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters to India, had paid bribes.

Finmeccanica had yesterday said its Britain-based subsidiary AgustaWestland had conducted the deal in full compliance with the Indian law and would cooperate with Indian authorities to clarify the matter.