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One man in Tunisia routed Agusta bribes

Wed, May 18, 2016, 03:27 PM
AgustaWestland chopper company's shady deals had revealed interesting details. One Indian company's subsidiary in Tunisia, with one employee who is a secretary, was used to route Rs 140 crore bribes to Indian politicians, officials, media men and others. The Mohali-based IDS Infotek started the IDS Tunisia with one employee, Garavagalia, who obviously did all the bribing.

Agusta had entered into a contract with the IDS Tunisia to deliver software. One of the conditions was monthly payment of Rs 3.14 crore for software. The software was for developing fuselage of AWU-129 and AWU-139. The one employee would dispense the bribes.

India lost both ways because of inadequate VVIP helicopters and also payment of bribes to Indians, which were obviously added to the costs. More than that, India lost out on the money trail because of the then party in power having the cake of bribes and eating it too by way of letting the money trail to die out. Now the then powers that be are coolly asking where's the proof?

After the Italians have arrested their nationals involved in the kickbacks, they left the remaining part of the job regarding the booking of the Indians in the deal. The powers that be have gone scot-free and now asking for proof.

Even the one-man show in Tunisia is courtesy Italian court hearing.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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