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AgustaWestland deal middleman Carlo Gerosa arrested for VVIP Chopper Scam

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[Updated:05 October 2017 08:12]
AgustaWestland deal middleman Carlo Gerosa arrested for VVIP Chopper Scam

VVIP chopper scam: AgustaWestland deal middleman Carlo Gerosa held in Italy

Carlo Gerosa, an Italian national who is one of the main accused in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal corruption case, has been held in Italy by local authorities, as per the report to official sources.

Gerosa was detained a couple of days back  on his return from Switzerland based on a Red Corner Notice request from the ED, which is probing a case of alleged money-laundering in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore deal, official aaded.
 
The Enforcement Directorate is to send an extradition request to Italy for Gerosa, 70-year-old , who is one of the 3 lleged middlemen wanted in the case, sources said.
 
A joint team of the ED and the CBI is investigating the case, for which Gerosa’s interrogation and the statement will be crucial.

 
Case Background History is, In year 2014, "India scrapped the contract with AgustaWestland, the British subsidiary of Italian defence major Finmeccanica, for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contract and charges of kickbacks of Rs 423 crore."
 
In July this year, "the CBI arrested former IAF chief S P Tyagi along with his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and businessman Gautam Khaitan for their alleged involvement in the case  the Enforcement Directorate has already filed multiple chargesheets on the deal."
 
According to the ED, "Gerosa and another middleman Guido Haschke allegedly set up a maze of companies to move money to India to be paid to relatives of Tyagi and several others to help swing the deal."
 
According to official sources, only 30% was to be utilised for actual work, including engineering services and media handling, while the rest wasallegedy to be “diverted to pay bribes”.