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‘No corruption in sale of Agusta choppers’

An AgustaWestland helicopter.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The court of second appeal in Milan found no conclusive evidence of corruption with a foreign public official in the 2010 sale of helicopters to India by AgustaWestland, according to a document released earlier this week, Reuters (Milan) has reported.

The document, which explains the reasons given by the judges for acquittal of former CEO of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini on 8 January, came out more than eight months after the court order.

“There is, conclusively, no evidence of the corrective agreement stipulated according to the imputation, with the foreign public official, just as it requires the incriminating law ....,” said the 322-page document as quoted by the news agency.

Citing an infodefensa.com story, which also quoted Reuters, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi took to Twitter on Saturday to target the Centre, also accusing the government of a witch hunt.

No impact on ED probe

Asked about any possible fallout on the cases being pursued in India, a senior ED official said the findings of the Milan court would not have any bearing on the ongoing investigations.

“We have to study the conclusions to determine on what grounds the order was passed and whether all the evidence was taken into consideration. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Directorate have filed charge sheets in the criminal and money-laundering cases, based on the proof of alleged corruption. It is for the court here to weigh-up the evidence,” said the official.


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