After the Bofors gun scam rattled the Rajiv Gandhi regime in mid-80’s, the AgustaWestland is the second most prominent defence related issue that has put the Congress in a tight spot.

Here we bring to you the sequence of developments related to AgustaWestland:    

February 2010: India signed a contract AgustaWestland  to purchase 12 AW101 helicopters.

February 12, 2013: Controversy triggered with the arrest of Giuseppe Orsi, the CEO of Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland's parent company by Italian authorities.

February 25, 2013: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) against 11 persons, including the former Indian Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and his cousins, besides four companies.

March 13, 2013: After carrying out the preliminary enquiry, the CBI found sufficient evidence and registered an FIR against 13 persons.

Early 2013: Parliamentary investigation began into allegations of bribery and corruption involving VVIP chopper deal with Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland.

March 25, 2013: The then Defence Minister of UPA government AK Antony confirmed corruption allegations by saying, "Yes, corruption has taken place in the helicopter deal and bribes have been taken. The CBI is pursuing the case very vigorously".

June 2014: The government recovered around Rs1,620 crore it had paid to AgustaWestland.

October 2014: An Italian lower court acquitted the then IAF chief SP Tyagi of all charges in a verdict.

March 2015: Enforcement Directorate (ED) identified properties worth around Rs1.12 crore owned by Christian Michel, a British businessman and issued a provisional attachment order.

September 2015: A special CBI court issued an open non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Christian Michel.

September 2015: ED attached assets worth about Rs 7 crore alleged to be in the name of family members of ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi.

April 7, 2016: An Italian appeals court overturned the lower court ruling and convicted former Finmeccanica chief executive Giuseppe Orsi for corruption.

April 8, 2016:  Higher appeals court in Milan overturned the lower court judgement which said no corruption took place. The Higher appeals court stated that corruption did take place and bribes were paid.

April 26, 2016: After media reports of Italian High Court verdict that pointed out at some politicians’ names, political slugfest started.

April 27, 2016:  AgustaWestland controversy echoed in Indian Parliament with attack and counter attack from both the government and Opposition, mainly the Congress.

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