The proposed dropping of probe against defence major Finmeccanica by Italian prosecutor will not affect the probe of CBI into alleged bribery in the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from its sister concern AgustaWestland.
After recording statements of three Governors in connection with the alleged bungling in purchase of VVIP helicopters, the focus of CBI`s probe into the Rs 3,600 crore deal has shifted to meetings held in this connection in 2003 when the previous NDA regime was in power and it may go through the records of meetings held in November that year.
European middleman Guido Haschke, an accused in the VVIP helicopter bribery scandal, has said he had relations with the cousins of former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, but claimed he was not aware of any illegal gratification to clinch the deal.
The Defence Ministry has issued a final show cause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling its contract worth Rs 3,600 crore for supplying 12 choppers to the Air Force for "violating" the terms of its contract.
In a script straight from a Bollywood thriller, a man accused of attempt to rape fled in a state helicopter used by the Chief Minister and other VVIPs after he conned the police in Rajouri by mingling with accident victims being airlifted to Jammu.
A day after an Italian court denied to share any documents with India regarding the Agusta Westland deal for 12 VVIP choppers, the Congress party on Sunday said that the government is committed to find out the truth.