New Delhi: The defence ministry will consider the reports of its joint secretary and the CBI team which had gone to Italy to probe charges of kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal before taking a final decision on scrapping the contract with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland.
The ministry is also reviewing the reply to its show-cause notice by AgustaWestland which has denied paying any bribes to bag the contract.
The report filed by joint secretary and acquisition manager (Air) Arun Kumar Bal and the CBI team and the evidences provided by them would be considered before taking any decision on the deal, sources said here.
The defence ministry will look at the legal aspect of the deal and developments in the matter before taking any decision towards cancelling the deal, they said.
The ministry had issued a show-cause notice to AgustaWestland on February 15 after the arrest of Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by Italian investigators in connection with the alleged bribery scandal.