A special CBI court on Friday issued letters rogatory (LRs) to the competent authorities of United Kingdom (UK), Switzerland,Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and British Virgin Island in connection with probe into the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP helicopter deal scam.
Defence Ministry will soon take a final call on scrapping the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal as AgustaWestland on Tuesday said it has submitted its reply to the final show cause notice issued to it by the government in the chopper scam.
Italian Ambassador to India Daniele Mancini admitted that allegations of bribes in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal and killings of Kerala fishermen had affected relationship between his country and India.
As trials into AgustaWestland chopper scam got off in Italy, India told the court there that its decisions would not be binding and it would reserve the right to seek all possible legal remedies available to it in this country.
In an unusual development, several
opposition parties including BJP today opposed setting up of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the chopper deal, contending that it "was an exercise in futility".