New Delhi: An Italian court that had said that there was “reasonable belief that corruption took place” in the 2010 VVIP helicopter deal with AgustaWestland, on Tuesday questioned the Congress party, which in turn went on the defensive saying the party had nothing to hide.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD), India, has approached the Defence Attaché of Italian embassy asking them to officially provide the order copy of the Court of Appeals, Milan, which is equivalent to a High Court as per Indian judiciary system.
The Italian investigators were provided three documents in April 2014, 13 months after a request from Italians, as MoD had only these three documents with them.
The Indian government was a civil party in the Italian lower court as India wanted all the possible documents from Italy during the trial. After the lower court order, the Indian government decided not to be party in the Italian High Court.
The Defence Minister has been apprised by the top MoD officials of the current situation and is ready to reply in Parliament.
First Published | 26 April 2016 11:59 AM