Facing a CBI probe for his alleged role in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper scam, former IAF chief SP Tyagi on Thursday said he was relieved by the verdict of an Italian court which acquitted two former CEOs of Finmeccannica of corruption charges in the case there.
Former Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi and ex-AgustaWestland head Bruno Spagnolini were on Thursday acquitted of corruption charges in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with India but were sentenced to two-year jail term on lesser charges of falsification of invoices.
After scrapping the Rs 3,600 crore chopper contract, Defence Ministry today said it is ousting AgustaWestland`s parent company Finmeccannica from the biennial military exhibition DefExpo starting February 6.
A team of Central Bureau if Investigation (CBI) officials on Thursday are likely to grill European middleman Guido Haschke in connection with alleged bribery scandal to clinch Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal in favour of AgustaWestland.
AgustaWestland on Tuesday said it will "pursue all remedies including legal options" to protect its interests amid India`s moves to encash bank guarantees worth over Rs 2,000 crore furnished by it in the chopper deal.
With references to politicians and bureaucrats coming up in the chopper scam trial in Italy, the Defence Ministry is expected to seek clarifications on the issue from alleged middleman Guido Haschke during the next hearing of the case there.
Contract for the procurement of helicopters for the conveyance of VVIPs is following the now familiar path. Like all major defence deals, it is getting mired in allegations of gross irregularities and wrongdoings.
A high-level team headed by Defence Ministry`s Director General (Acquisition) on Friday left for Italy to go through the crucial documents and evidence provided to India by the government there in the Rs 362 crore chopper scam.