VVIP: Govt. rebukes opposition's allegation on Augusta

| Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 15:17
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No deal with AgustaWestland: Government

No deal with AgustaWestland: Government

New Delhi: The government asserted on Saturday that no deal had been struck with Italian aircraft major AgustaWestland that is accused of graft in India's purchase of VVIP helicopters.
"In their (the opposition's) drive to divert the public attention from their own corruption, some have said that the (Narendra) Modi government permitted AgustaWestland to bid for 100 naval utility helicopters in April 2015," an official statement said.
"No request for proposal has been issued, therefore the question of permitting AgustaWestland to bid for the naval utility helicopter in April 2015 does not arise," the statement said, adding: "The government is exploring whether their manufacturing can be pursued under Make in India." 
"The fact is that a techno-commercial Request for Proposal (RFP) for Naval Utility Helicopters was issued to eight vendors on August 4, 2012. In response to the RFP, M/S Eurocopters, France and M/S AgustaWestland S.p.A Italy submitted their techno-commercial proposals on March 4, 2013," the statement said.
This RFP had been "retracted" on October 13, 2014, the statement said.
The Congress has attacked the government and asked if it had struck a deal with Italy and why it had allowed AgustaWestland to participate in the Make in India initiative.
The government said that it has taken effective action to bring out the truth and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all means to bring to justice the corrupt and the wrong-doers in the chopper case.
On the core issue of corruption, the timeline of action taken by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate clearly shows the due rigour and diligence with which these agencies have pursued all aspects of their investigations, including the arrest and extradition of three foreigners - Carlo Gerosa, Guido Haschke Ralph and Christian Michel James - the statement said.
The CBI has so far questioned over 100 people in the case. 
Some of the accused in September and November 2014 and their property confiscated. 
A criminal complaint was also filed. Letter of Requests were sent out by ED and CBI to Mauritius (July 2013), Tunisia and Italy (December 2013), British Virgin Islands, Singapore and Britain (September 2014), the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland (December 2014). The agencies are continuing to pursue responses to the letter of requests from the countries concerned, the statement added.

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VVIP : Govt. rebukes opposition's allegations on Augusta

Going by news reports , what could perhaps spell ramifications for Congress Party and concerned authorities in then UPA , an Italian court has in its judgement delivered on 15 April 2016 , convicted AgastaWestland chopper company chief Giuseppe Orisi , describing how the firm paid bribes to top Congress leaders in India and lobbied with them to bag the chopper deal. The bribe money seems to be coming to tune of 120 to 125 crores of rupees. In this regard , it may not be out of place to mention here that certain substantial concerns relating to global economy and financial aspects involved were brought by this Vedic astrology writer in article – “ Stressful times ahead for world economy in 2015 and 2016” – published nearly TWO YEARS ago on 2 June 2014 in online magazine (blog) astrologyweekly.com. An attempt was made to identify period when , countries or regions likely to have these substantial concerns and aspects of life that could likely be the cause for such substantial concerns. While the article covers many things , one prediction implied was that in April 2016 during first half of 2016 , a major cause of concern in the global economy involving finance or money may surface covering industries , businesses or items related to sound, in a country whose name begins with letter “B”. A simple question may be raised as to how it can be said that the prediction implied related to “Bharatvarsh”. There are about 5 countries round the globe whose name begins with letter “B”. All are in serious problems having something to do with economy during April 2016 , though there aspects involved in problems are of different nature. So when in the instant case of India , aspect of problem – industries or business or items related to sound is applied, it comes to Bharatvarsh only. Let it be clear that these predictions , made nearly TWO YEARS ago , only imply that such a disclosure or issue having intimate connection with the economy of a country involving industries or business related to items having sound as medium could cause substantial concern but does not cover correctness or otherwise of such disclosures or people or persons responsible for causing substantial concern of bribery. That is not at all in the subject. Link to reach the article : astrologyweekly.com/blog/stressful-times-ahead-for-world-economy-in-2015-and-2016/

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