NEW DELHI, March 13 (Reuters) - Indian federal police
investigating the AgustaWestland bribery case launched raids in
the New Delhi area and city of Chandigarh on Wednesday after
formally launching a probe into the helicopter company and a
former top Indian air force officer.
The Central Bureau of Investigation said it had registered a
criminal case under India's anti-corruption laws and named
Italian defence company Finmeccanica, and its
Anglo-Italian subsidiary AgustaWestland as targets of its probe.
It said in a statement that a total of four firms and 12
individuals, including former Indian air force chief S.P. Tyagi,
were being investigated. Searches were under way at 14
AgustaWestland has denied paying bribes in a $750 million
deal to supply 12 helicopters for Indian political leaders.
Italian police have arrested the head of Finmeccanica, Giuseppe
Orsi, in connection with the case.