Four former IAF officers have been summoned in Augusta Westland VVIP chopper scam.
File photo of AgustaWestland’s AW101 dual-use helicopter (Photo Credits: Reuters)
A Delhi court has summoned four ex-IAF officers in the Rs 3,600-crore Agusta Westland scam. The court has asked the IAF officers to appear before it on July 30.
The CBI informed the court that the required sanctions have been taken.
The CBI is probing the Rs 3,600 crore contract for the procurement of 12 AW101 dual-use helicopters (VVIP) choppers by the Ministry of Defence from AgustaWestland.
VVIP CHOPPER SCAM
In February 2010, the then UPA government had signed a deal to procure 12 AgustaWestland choppers worth 556.262 million euros. These choppers were being procured to ferry VVIPs and other important dignitaries.
It was also alleged that chopper specifications were altered from the original deal to benefit AgustaWestland. Reports later pegged that the overall deal was worth Rs 3,600 crore.
The matter took a political turn when the names of a number of Congress leaders were dragged into the controversy. A few middlemen from Dubai and India were also arrested by agencies for allegedly receiving bribes for facilitating the procurement deal.
The CBI, in its earlier chargesheet, had alleged an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the AgustaWestland deal.
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