SG advises against immediate steps to blacklist Agusta


New Delhi: The government’s move to blacklist Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland in the wake of bribery allegations in VVIP helicopter deal is set to be delayed with Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran advising against any immediate action.

The issue has now been referred to CBI which is carrying out legal proceedings against the company, which is accused of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore in the Rs 3600 crore deal.

“The Law officer has asked us to wait before going ahead with the blacklisting of the Anglo-Italian firm. We have now referred the issue to CBI, which is carrying out legal proceedings against the firm in India,” highly-placed Defence Ministry sources told PTI here.

The Defence Ministry had sought the opinion on blacklisting soon after it cancelled the contract to supply choppers on January 1 after agreeing to get into arbitration with the Anglo-Italian firm.


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