New Delhi: India has asked AgustaWestland to explain if bribes were paid in India to bag a 4,000-crore contract for 12 helicopters intended for VVIPs like the Prime Minister. As the CBI in India investigates the deal, a preliminary enquiry by Italy makes the following points. The report was submitted in connection with the arrest of the CEO of Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland (AW).
Here's a 10-point cheat-sheet on the Italian enquiry:
- The total deal is worth nearly 4,000 crores. Kickbacks paid of 30 million euros or 217 crores, according to Italian prosecutors.
- SP Tyagi, Air Chief Marshall from 2004-2007, allegedly paid by middlemen for the manufacturer via his three cousins, Julie, Sandeep and Dosca Tyagi. The former air force chief has denied the charges.
- 100,000 euros or 720 lakhs in cash allegedly given to his cousins between 2004 and 2007. No money was transferred in the presence of Air Marshal Tyagi.
- Of the 30 million euros allegedly paid in bribes, 20 million was routed through two Switzerland-based intermediaries, Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.
- Italian report says payments were made through Tunisia-registered companies controlled by Haschke and Gerosa and were then transferred to accounts in India and Mauritius.
- Three companies listed in Italian report as conduits for the kickbacks: IDS Tunisia, IDS India and Aeromatrix.
- IDS India does not exist in Indian records.
- Aeromatrix was set up in 2009, months before the deal for the helicopters was signed. Its holding company is IDS Mauritius.
- The company, headquartered in Chandigarh, bought a contract to provide software solutions to AgustaWestland from another Chandigarh company called IDS Infotech.
- Aeromatrix's directors include Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Its CEO, Praveen Bakshi, has denied any links to the alleged scam and has said he has not been contacted by Italian prosecutors.