OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract 2 Jan, 14, Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Government has  released this statement – we run it verbatim with the spelling mistake!

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence 

01-January-2014 17:44 IST
VVIP Choper Agreement with AgustaWestLand International Ltd. (AWIL) Terminated 

The Government of India has terminated with immediate effect the Agreement that was signed with M/s. AgustaWestLand International Ltd. (AWIL) on 08 February, 2010 for the supply of 12 VVIP/VIP helicopters on grounds of breach of the Pre-contract Integrity Pact (PCIP) and the Agreement by AWIL. 

Based on the opinion received earlier from the Attorney General of India, it has been the view of the Government that integrity-related issues are not subject to arbitration. However, AWIL has since pressed for arbitration and appointed an arbitrator from its side. In view of this, MoD sought afresh the opinion of the Attorney General. With a view to safeguard the interests of the Government, MoD has nominated Hon’ble Mr Justice BP Jeevan Reddy as its arbitrator. 

Sitanshu Kar

HeliHub.com editor comment:-

We may be getting lost in the Indian way of expressing things here.  Back in early October, AgustaWestland issued a statement seeking the appointment of an arbitrator.  This statement today looks like India have now appointed one.  According to Dictionary.com, Arbitration is “the hearing and determining of a dispute or the settling of differences between parties by a person or persons chosen or agreed to by them”.

We later received this comment from AW

AgustaWestland has not received any communication from India’s MoD. The company is therefore unable to comment beyond reiterating the denial of allegations of wrong doing and the continued intention to robustly defend the company’s reputation.

We also note that the statement refers to “termination” not “cancellation”

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