Public procurement and contracting in India has been marred by major corruption scandals involving high-level politicians. For example, a recent procurement scandal in India involves the country's defence department. Following a 15-month corruption investigation, a USD 753 million deal to to buy helicopters from AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian company, has been cancelled, according to a January 2014 Bloomberg News article. The article reports that some high-level officials allegedly benefitted from the contract and a number of companies allegedly received kickbacks in the deal.
In February 2011, the former Kerala Minister R Balakrishna Pillai and two other officials were all sentenced to one year in prison for corruption in the rewarding of a contract for a hydropower project. According to the Times of India, the prosecution asserted that Pillai had played a key role in the plot, which caused a loss of over INR 20 million to the Kerala State Electricity Board.
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