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Chopper Scam: Orsi, Spagnolini's acquittal won't impact case, says CBI

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The (CBI) on Monday said that acquittal of and in the case, would have no impact on the case.

The CBI, in a statement, said: "Both (and Bruno Spagnolini) have been convicted by the lower in The Italian authorities can appeal against the acquittal before the Supreme of Our investigation is independent and we have a strong case against both of them. This acquittal will, however, have no impact on our case".

An Italian on Monday acquitted two former Leonardo (earlier Finmeccanica) executives in the case, wherein bribes were paid to secure the contract of supplying 12 VVIP choppers to

Giuseppe Orsi, former of Leonardo, and the former AgustaWestland, Bruno Spagnolini, were acquitted for want of evidence.

The Italian media reported that The of Milan acquitted the two ex-Leonardo managers since there was no evidence to support the corruption charges.

and Spagnolini were accused of bribing Indian officials and make false billings, in order to obtain the 556-million euro contract (Rs 3,700 crore) for around 12 helicopters in

According to the allegations, Orsi and Spagnolini, who both succeeded in securing the position of of had bribed Sashi Tyagi, the then of the Indian Air Force, to obtain the lowering of the flight quota, by making changes, as indicated in a tender notice.

With the changes made, as suggested by the two, the AgustaWestland would have taken the honours. The and the were civil parties at that time in the process.

n April last year, the two Leonardo managers had been convicted of both the crimes: Orsi for four and a half years and Spagnolini for four years.

Italy's highest court, however, had ordered a new appeal process in December last year. The had recently asked for confirmation of convictions, regarding the dispute of false invoices. The judges, on the other hand, agreed with the defendants who had asked for an acquittal.

The motivations for the sentence would be announced within 90 days.

The (CBI), earlier on September 1 last year, had filed a charge sheet against retired SP Tyagi, former JS Gujral and ten others in the case.

The chargesheet, filed before a special court, also named as accused Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev Tyagi, Gautam Khaitan, and Guido Haschke, alleged middleman Christian Michel, former AgustaWestland and former

The investigation conducted and various documents collected so far revealed that AgustaWestland International Ltd, UK paid an amount of Euro 58 million as kickbacks through Gordian Services Sarl, and IDS Sarl,

These companies further siphoned off the said money in the name of consultancy contracts to the Interstellar Technologies Ltd, and others, which were further transferred to UHY Saxena, Dubai, Matrix Holdings Ltd, and others.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:50 IST