AgustaWestland has handed over its contract with alleged middleman Christian Michel regarding the VVIP helicopter deal to the Defence Ministry and maintained that it had not committed any wrongdoing.
Responding to a notice by the Defence Ministry last week to explain its links with alleged middlemen and two Indian companies, AgustaWestland in its reply said there was nothing to indicate that Michel, a British national, and other people were hired by the company for committing anything wrong, officials said here on Thursday.
Michel along with Guido Hashcke were allegedly been hired by Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland, to bag the `3,700 crore contract. The ongoing Italian probe suggests that bribe amounting to `362 crore was paid to get the contract.
The CBI has named Michel in the FIR in the scandal along with former IAF chief SP Tyagi and his three cousins. The Defence Ministry had asked the CBI to probe into the deal on February 18 after the arrest of CEO of Finmeccanica Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by Italian investigators.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced waiver of entertainment tax on the Bollywood film ‘Mary Kom’ in the state. The decision was takenon Sunday though Priyanka Chopra, who played the role of Olympic silver medalist boxer Mary Kom, during her promotional visit to Lucknow on Friday last had demanded the same...
Neither had I asked the Army to intervene nor had the Armed Forces sought a role in the present political crisis in the country.
I did not have preconceived notions about Bollywood. There was nervousness as I was to be part of a different world of entertainment.
A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces that are facing Islamic State threats on the front lines.