The Indian government on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the AugustaWestland deal for 12 VVIP choppers.
The government made the move after the Italian police on Tuesday arrested Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of state-controlled Italian defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica Giuseppe Orsi in connection with the investigation into the case of the sale of helicopters to India.
"Press reports have appeared from time to time on the subject of Italian prosecutors having initiated a probe into the alleged unethical dealings of M/s. Finmeccanica, Italy. The probe had been widened to include the Indian contract signed with M/s. Augusta Westland (UK)," Ministry of Deference said in statement on Tuesday.
"The said contract was signed in February, 2010 for the purchase of 12 helicopters. In view of media reports, MoD through the Ministry of External Affairs had sought information from the Governments of Italy and UK. No specific inputs were, however, received substantiating the allegations," the ministry said.