Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
NEW DELHI

Indian auditors criticize helicopter deal

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New Delhi, August 13 - Indian auditors on Tuesday
criticized their government over a major contract to buy a dozen
helicopters from Italy's Finmeccanica, the latest twist in a
long-running saga about the troubled deal.
In a report to Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor
General of India criticized the procurement process used in the
multimillion euro purchase of 12 helicopters equipped for VIP
use from Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland.
Both Italy and India have opened separate judicial
investigations into allegations of bribery in the deal.
Prosecutors in Italy want to hold a quick trial for former
Finmeccanica chief executive Giuseppe Orsi along with Bruno
Spagnolini, chief executive of the AgustaWestland helicopter
unit.
Orsi and Spagnolini are suspected of corruption in relation
to bribes allegedly paid to secure the contract to sell the
dozen AgustaWestland helicopters to India.
ß Indian auditors said they felt that the contract involved
an "unreasonably high" expense and said regulations on supplies
and contracts were violated.
And they questioned the decision by the former air force
chief, S.P. Tyagi, in 2007 to conduct the helicopter trials
overseas.
Indian detectives have raided Tyagi's home as part of the
separate bribery investigation.
The government of India froze payments on the contract in
February and threatened legal action if any wrongdoing was
uncovered.

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