Rome: Italian police arrested the chief executive of aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica for corruption and embezzlement in relation to alleged bribes given to the Indian government, media reports said.
Two suspected intermediaries in the bribes who reside in Switzerland have also been targeted with extradition requests, Italian media reported.
Finmeccanica is not the only Italian industrial giant under investigation. Prosecutors last week announced they were looking at Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of energy major ENI, over allegations of bribes paid to Algerian officials to win contracts there.
Italy's third largest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, has also been shaken by a series of investigations over mismanagement that has forced it to seek a public bailout.