New Delhi makes it clear that it will not be drawn into a legal battle with the Anglo-Italian firm
With this, India has made it clear that it will not be drawn into a legal battle with the Anglo-Italian firm in the chopper scam after the firm nominated former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Srikrishna for arbitration in the case.
“There is no question. Our stand is clear that there is no issue of arbitration. We have already given them a show cause notice and they have not replied so far. Let them reply. We will take a decision after they reply,” he said.
Facing threat of cancellation of its deal, AgustaWestland had invoked the arbitration clause in the contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Air Force and nominated Srikrishna on its behalf on November 20.
A team of its officials had also met Defence Ministry officials to present its case in the chopper scam and denied any wrongdoing on its behalf.
The Defence Ministry has taken a stand against arbitration clause saying it does not apply to the pre-contract integrity pact which is signed by the Ministry with its vendors.
Antony has already asserted that the firm had violated contractual obligations, for which the government had initiated action against it.
The firm has to reply to the final show-cause notice issued to it by the Defence Ministry by tomorrow after which the Government will take a final decision on the deal.