India`s recent decision to put on hold all deals with Italian defence firm Finmeccannica may be eased, with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi advising against blanket blacklisting as it could have adverse impact on the country`s defence preparedness.
In the wake of alleged chopper scam, India has put on hold all procurements from Italian defence group Finmeccannica and its affiliate companies, a move that will hit hard acquisitions for the armed forces as it is taking part in projects worth over Rs 30,000 crore.
The CBI on Wednesday examined Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan as part of its investigation into the alleged kickbacks paid by Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland to procure a 3,600-crore contract to supply 12 helicopters for VVIPs.
The CBI is likely to question Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan as part of its investigation into the alleged kickbacks paid by Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland to procure a 3,600-crore contract to provide 12 helicopters for VVIPs.
The NDA government on Sunday transferred Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal, who had a bitter relation with the then state chief minister Narendra Modi, to Mizoram, while Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva was given additional responsibility to discharge the functions of Gujarat Governor as well, sources at Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
Widening its probe into the money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, the Enforcement Directorate will send judicial requests to about six countries seeking information on bank accounts and transactions to detect the trail of alleged kickbacks money.
In a significant development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday registered a money laundering case against former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi who is one of several accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal bribery case.
The newly appointed Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday Okayed the governments query that whether the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can quiz the serving Governors as witnesses in the VVIP helicopter deal, sources said.
Lifting a freeze partially, an Italian court has allowed India to encash bank guarantees worth about Rs 1,818 crore deposited by AgustaWestland in a bank there in the VVIP chopper deal which has been scrapped because of bribery allegations.
Finmeccanica said on Friday an Italian court had revoked a freeze on up to 228 million euros ($311 million) of bank guarantees that India was seeking to recover in a dispute with the Italian defence group over a scrapped helicopter deal.
CBI has started fresh questioning of the cousins of former IAF chief SP Tyagi in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal in light of claims by alleged middleman Guido Haschke that he had paid money to them.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley Saturday sought clarifications from Defence Minister AK Antony on his statement on the now-canceled VVIP chopper deal, raising doubts over the meaning being given to word "FAM" in documents seized from alleged middleman Guido Haschke.
Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said certain notes have come to light suggesting that middlemen in the VVIP chopper deal were trying to target certain Indian leaders but their authenticity is "not proved".