Deal took off after ex-Italian President’s visit
Less than a month after the meeting — in which the chopper deal as well as the need for a change in technical specifications was allegedly discussed — the chopper deal got a vital push, with the government starting the process of firming up the technical requirements for the machine, as is detailed in a defence ministry statement on the contract.
In his confession before the Italian court, middleman Guido Haschke has said that he was part of the official Italian delegation that came in February 2005 and arranged a meeting between Tyagi and Finmeccanica officials by using his contact with Julie Tyagi, a close relative of the former air chief.
He said that the tender for the choppers, which was yet to be issued, was discussed in the meeting and till that point, the technical requirements had not been changed to reduce the service ceiling to 15,000 feet from the earlier 18,000 feet, a specification that disallowed AgustaWestland from taking part in the competition.
“The meeting happened at the Air HQ and went very well, this is what Zappa (Finmeccanica executive) told me. Also Julie gave a positive
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