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VVIP chopper scam: CBI gets phone transcripts from Italy

CBI has received transcripts of telephone conversations between Italian middlemen and officials of a Defence firm, in which the Italy government has 30 per cent stake, and others in connection with the VVIP helicopter scam .

The transcripts of the telephone calls were handed over to the Defence Ministry, which has been made as an ‘affected party’ by the Italian prosecutors, official sources said here on Monday. They have since been given to the CBI.

The transcripts were in Italian language and the CBI was busy translating the same so that a follow up action could be taken, the sources said.

The transcripts are related to phone conversations of alleged middlemen Haschke Guido and Gerosa Carlo which were tapped by Italian authorities and have been quoted in their preliminary enquiry report.

According to Italian rules, all documents durign any probe have to be shared with the affected parties. The supply of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland had come under scanner after Italian authorities alleged that the bribe money was given by the company to clinch the deal.

The Italian prosecutor, who carried out the preliminary enquiry, alleged that CEO of Finmeccanica, parent company of UK-based AgustaWestland, had used services of middlemen to distribute bribes in India.


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