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Augusta Westland Scandal 46th Current Affairs Class IAS 2019

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AgustaWestland scandal:

In early 2013, an Indian national parliamentary investigation began into allegations of bribery and corruption involving several senior officials and helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland surrounding the purchase of a new fleet of helicopters. The scandal has been referred to as the Chopper scam, or Choppergate. The contract was to purchase 12 AW101 (AW stands for Augusta Westland) choppers – a 4000 crore helicopter deal – which is considered to be a medium lift helicopter used both in military (defence) and civil operations. Several Indian politicians and military officials have been accused of accepting bribes from Agusta Westland in order to win the 36 billion(US$530 million) Indian contract for the supply of 12 Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters. These helicopters are intended to perform VVIP duties for the President of India and other important state officials. The seven decades of defence scandals in India and no Punishments ever.

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