Indian govt cancels Augusta Westland VVIP choppers deal in view of bribery allegations

New Delhi/January 1
Indian government on Wednesday cancelled Rs 3600 crore Ausgusta Westland Choppers deal amid bribery allegations with Italian firm as the Ministry of Defence wasn’t happy with explanation offered by the company on a showcause notice.
As per reports, the deal has been cancelled by Defence minstry as the ministry wasn’t satisfied with reply offered by Italian Company Finmeccanica to the showcause notice that issued to it in October 2013 on allegations to payoffs to some official for the contract.
India’s Defence ministry has struck a deal to procure with the company to procure twelve AW101 Choppers to ferry VVIPs across the country at a cost of Rs 3600 crores but the deal came under scanner Italian police arrested the firm’s chief executive for paying Rs 360 crore to secure the deal.
The decision has now paved the way for fresh deal for procuring VVIP helicopters from firms as United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft, EADS’ Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin.