India today sought the assistance of the United Kingdom in probing the allegations of corruption in the Rs3,800-crore contract for AgustaWestland helicopters.
During talks with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, he conveyed his government's concerns regarding allegations about unethical means used in securing the 2010 contract for Agusta Westland helicopters.
''I told him that we have sought an explanation from the company (Agusta Westland) by February 22 to examine if the contractual provisions on unethical practices and the Integrity Pact have been violated. I have sought full assistance from the UK in this case,'' Singh said, adding, ''Prime Minister David Cameron has assured me of the cooperation of his government in the investigations.''
He sought enhanced co-operation with the United Kingdom for the development of India's defence industrial base through greater emphasis on technology transfer, co-development and co-production.
The PM said his government also sought British investments in the country's National Manufacturing and Investment Zones, including the proposed Mumbai-Bangalore industrial corridor.
''I invited increased British investments in India, including in infrastructure and energy,'' Singh said.