New Delhi: There is “no question” of India getting involved in the arbitration process initiated by AgustaWestland in the chopper scam, Defence Minister AK Antony said making it clear that the Government will not be drawn into a legal battle with the Anglo-Italian firm in the case.
Antony's response came soon after the firm nominated former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna for arbitration in the case where Defence Ministry has issued a show cause notice to it for cancelling its Rs 3,600 deal with the IAF.
“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 told reporters here.
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 retired Supreme Court Judge B N Srikrishna on its behalf on November 20.