The CBI will get access to crucial phone conversations and documents of the AgustaWestland deal from the Italian prosecutors within two weeks, after a court in Milan passed an order in this regard on Wednesday, sources said.
Besides, the Italian court has also agreed to make the CBI a civil party in the trial against executives of AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica on charges of paying bribes for the Rs 3600-crore VVIP chopper deal with India.
In the phone conversations recorded by Italian investigators, the accused discuss the bribe payments to be made to the Indian contacts.
A team consisting of a joint secretary in the ministry of defence and a superintendent of police from the CBI has been in Milan to attend the trial which started on Wednesday.
“The CBI on Wednesday passed a favourable order on the application of the CBI that sought to make it a party in the trial. The court also asked the Italian prosecutors to hand over case documents and phone conversations to the CBI,” said a CBI source.
The CBI has registered an FIR in AgustaWestland deal under which 12 choppers were procured by India.