New Delhi: Defence ministry on Wednesday ordered a probe after allegations of irregularities in the procurement of 12 helicopters for IAF’s VVIP Communication Squadrons from Italian firm Agusta Westland surfaced.

Making a statement on the alleged irregularities in the deal, Defence Minister A K Antony said, “Every aspect of these allegations will be seriously probed.”

Antony also directed defence officers to go through the related files to allay the apprehensions of any malpractices in the deal besides asking Indian embassy in Italy to provide a report on an investigation carried out by Italy on the issue.

"Any such complaint received will be probed, in case any wrong doing is found apart from action that may be required under law," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Italian firm Finmeccanica has contended that Indian Defence ministry had already given a clean-chit to it in the matter.

According to the Italian daily, Swizz consultant Gido Ralf Haske’s name, who was allegedly given Rs 350 cr, has cropped up during the probe into the matter.

"The Indian Embassy reported that the Italian authorities were conducting preliminary investigations on allegations of financial malpractices occurring within Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries in general," a Defence ministry statement said, adding that no specific probe being conducted on India-related transactions.

The contract signed by the Italian firm also contains Integrity Pact which includes the standard provisions against use of undue influence and employment of agents and payment of agency commission, the Ministry said.

India signed a contract worth Rs 3,546.17 crore in February, 2010, to procure 12 of these helicopters, of which eight would be for VVIP transportation and four in non-VVIP version.

The new helicopters were being procured to replace the ageing Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters that are nearing completion of their operational life.

JPN/Bureau