New Delhi: Facing the threat of cancellation of its Rs 3600 crore deal for VVIP choppers, AgustaWestland has asked the government to release its payments saying withholding it was a 'breach of contract'.

In a letter written to the ministries of Defence, Finance and External Affairs, the Anglo-Italian firm has said that there were certain 'contractual difficulties' with the Defence Ministry.

India has paid around 30 percent of payments and withheld the remaining after the Italian investigators arrested former CEOs of Finmeccanica and Agusta for allegedly paying Rs 362 crore kickbacks to swing the deal in its favour.


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