It is a matter of deep concern as to why the government did not initiate any inquiry in the purchase and supply of AgustaWestland helicopters through the Italian defence company Finmeccanica in spite of serious allegations coming in public domain for the last about an year that huge commission to the tune of nearly Rs. 350 Cr. have been paid in the Rs. 3546 Cr. deal making it a case of rank corruption because payment of a commission is a crime in terms of purchase norms.
In this connection the following issues are important:
Ravi Shankar Prasad is the deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Chief Spokesperson, BJP
The Helicopter Trials for Augysta were held in Italy and UK and not in India .
This was against the laid down Policy of the Purchase Procedure .No IAF or any Babu from Ministry of Defense will be foolhardy to take such an important decision without patronage from the Politicians
Who are those Mai Baaps not known yet.
CBI has only restricted themselves Baus and Air Force Officers and have not touched the maai Baaps.
Now Italay is not returning the two Mariners accuse dof killings the fishermen .The Italians were first allowed to go for Xmas Holidays to Italy -hopefully Indian prisoners will be entitled for going out Jails to celebrate Diwali,Eid etc.
The Italians came back .Again they went to Italy for a Holiday after the Helicopter Scam reared its head .
Now Italy is refusing to send back the Italian Prisoners despite solmen assurances given by the Italian Govt .
And rest assured Italians will also refuse to reveal the names of the Politicians who are involved in Armsgate.
Between 2004 and 2011, India has ordered arms worth over $46.6 billion—or about Rs 2.3 lakh crore—and is one of the top buyers in the arms bazaar. (Source - NewIndianExpress)
Assuming 10% commission as the Augusta Westland deal we have 2300 crores of unaccounted for bribe money courtesy the Manmohan/Sonia/Rahul Congress and allies UPA govt.
No wonder we are suffering from galloping inflation, weakening rupee, widening deficits and a bankrupt India ( less money to even fund Sonia's vote buying NREGA and Rahul gandhi's vote buying direct cash transfer schemes too unless they start taxing us more and banning gold imports!)
Haschke spills the beans on how a wedding served as the stage for the VIP chopper deal
Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/chopper-scam-agustawestland-haschke-vvip-helicopters-finmeccanica-tyagi-brothers-italian-investigators/1/250284.html
AgustaWestland chopper deal has telltale signs of a Congress connection. According to the Italian newspaper ‘Lettera 43’, main commission agent Christian Michel’s late father was “close to the Congress party”, and the other middleman, Guido Ralph Haschke, was a Director of Emaar-MGF, a real estate company owned by relatives of Kanishka Singh, who is associated with a Congress high-up. “Born in 1961, Michel is little known to the public. On the internet, there are no evidences of his business or his statement. Not a photo or an interview. Yet, Michel is very well introduced in Defence establishments in New Delhi,” says the Italian newspaper report titled “Christian Michel, the English middleman of Finmeccanica.”
“His contacts are stronger especially with the Indian Defence, that he has inherited from his father, Wolfgang Max Michel Richard, a British businessman who was very active in India between 80s and 90s and was close to the Congress party,” the reports says.
Browse http://www.dailypioneer.com/home/online-channel/360-todays-newspaper/127688-italian-media-hints-at-cong-link-to-copter-scam.html , for full report.
Also sample some of the taped conversations between middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa presented by the Italian prosecutor, where they joke about how they spluged the bribe money.
15. Indian officials are 'morons', will take years to track links, middlemen said - The alleged middlemen in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal bragged that even if Indian investigators probed their role, they would find no money trail as the payments were made in cash, and that they would not be able to identify Sanjeev Kumar Tyagi as the person behind the affair, taped conversations revealed.
16. 'I will tell Indian judges I spent 10-15 million euros on ballerinas, champagne'
- About 10-15 million euros of the suspected kickbacks was believed to have been routed to India and the alleged middleman in the deal apparently planned to tell Indian courts, if he was questioned, that he blew up the money on "ballerinas and champagne", according to taped conversations with the Italian police.
Well I do accept that Indians worldwide are known historically as corrupt people, but now it seems that the foreigners who bribe Indians do not even care about our justice system, and make fun about our law enforcement and judiciary quite openly.
Shame on us.
Finmecannica CEO Mr Orsi had cut British middleman Mr Michel into the deal to the dismay of two other middlemen, Ralph Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, whose company was based in Tunis, cause the the Brits have a clandestine relation with Indian politicians.
"There were two contracts, one with Christian Michel and one with Haschke," said Mr Borgogni, the Italian prosecutor. "In total they were worth around €41 million in commission".
Now Augusta Westland, U.K. owned by Italians employs 3000 plus staff in U.K., whose employment, as well as that of 12 ancilliary firms are at risk if such big order is cancelled by GOI, and hence the U.K. Govt is wtaching the Italian trial closely, and will do everything possible to save the deal.
The financial aid from U.K. to India are peanuts compare to the money we invest uk and the amount of job we create in that country besides all these huge defense deals.
The company, whose AW101 and AW159 Wildcat featured in the latest James Bond film Skyfall, is pinning its hopes on civilian helicopter deals in India considered as $3 billion plus market, but India should rather develop their indegileous technology and facilty at HAL, Bangalore, and create local employment.
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