NEW DELHI: The defence ministry has come out with a new list of firms with whom dealings have been either debarred, suspended or put on hold.
AgustaWestland, the British-Italian firm whose name was embroiled in the VVIP chopper scam, has been dropped from the list, and also its parent firm Leonardo SpA.
The new list names Singapore Technologies Kinetics and Israel Military Industries among the six firms with whom dealings have been debarred.
Transactions have been suspended with 13 firms, among them IDS Tunisia and Infotech Design System, Mauritius.
Rolls Royce along with its allied and subsidiary companies, and Czech firm Tatra Trucks have been put on the ‘Restricted Procurement’ list.

India recently lifted the ban on business dealings with defence major Leonardo SpA, the erstwhile Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica enmeshed in the infamous Rs 3,546 crore VVIP helicopter scam along with its UK-based subsidiary AgustaWestland International since 2013-2014.
The decision to resume business with Leonardo SpA is “subject to certain conditions imposed on the company.”
Under the conditions, Leonardo SpA cannot make any commercial claims or file any civil suit against the Indian government for any previous deal. Moreover, new business dealings will take place “without any prejudice” to the ongoing investigations into the alleged VVIP helicopter scam by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate, which will continue, sources said.
(With agency inputs)




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