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Feb 18, 2013, 10.52 AM IST | Source: PTI

Italian court rejects Indian plea for info on chopper deal

Italian court rejects Indian plea for info on chopper deal

New Delhi/ Milan, Feb 16 (PTI) India's efforts to access information on the helicopter scam received a setback today with an Italian court rejecting a request for documents related to the deal even as CBI and Defence Ministry teams prepared to travel to Rome to gather evidence. AgustaWestland, which has been issued a show cause notice by the Defence Ministry for cancellation of the Rs 3,600 crore deal, today promised to address all the points raised by the Indian government. Meanwhile, Guissepe Orsi, CEO of Finmeccanica, the holding company of AgustaWestland, has denied knowing the family of former IAF chief Shashi Tyagi, who has been accused of taking bribes. Orsi's lawyer Ennio Amodio went a step further telling Indian TV channels that "there was nothing substantiated regarding the actual conduct of Mr Shashi Tyagi." There was bad news for the Government as the court in Milan hearing the case refused to share any details saying it was "not possible to give a positive reply" to the Indian request. The Indian embassy in Rome had made the request for details and documents of the probe on February 13 after the arrest of Orsi in connection with allegations that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore were paid in the Rs 3,600 crore deal, sources said here today. The communication was received by the Indian embassy in Rome from the Judge of Preliminary Investigations of the Tribunal Busto Arsizio Luca Labianca. (MORE) PTI AJD AKK VSC VSC

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