THE VVIP CHOPPER DEAL
WHAT IS THE CHOPPER DEAL?
India signed a contract with Agusta Westland in February 2010 for 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters. It beat off competition from US rival Sikorsky to win the contract
WHY HAS THE ROW RESURFACED?
In April, an Italian court found Agusta Westland ex-CEO Bruno Spagnolini guilty of graft and awarded him jail term. It said the UPA govt did little to get to the bottom of the scandal
WHEN WAS IT PUT ON HOLD?
It was put on hold in Feb 2013 after Spagnolini was arrested. The UPA govt terminated the contract in 2014. The firm allegedly paid middlemen more than Rs375 crore
WHO WAS BRIBED?
Guido Haschke, a middleman, made references such as “POL,” “AP” and “FAM” in a note, pointing to initials of politicians and bureaucrats who allegedly had to be “handled.”
My question is now CBI is with the present government, ED is with the present government. Why delay if there is evidence?
AK ANTONY, Former defence minister
The fact that there was bribery is unquestionably there... We are only struggling to find out the identity of the bribe taker.
ARUN JAITLEY, Finance minister