NEW DELHI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - India's defence ministry has issued a final "show cause" notice to AgustaWestland seeking to cancel a deal to buy a dozen helicopters and has given the company 21 days to reply, a government official said on Wednesday.
The official said the company, a subsidiary of Finmeccania , has been asked to explain why action should not be taken against it for violating the terms of the pre-contract integrity pact.
Earlier this month, AgustaWestland has invoked arbitration over the scandal-tainted deal.
In February, India froze payments on the 560 million euro ($771.32 million) contract after the deal became mired in allegations of bribery and the then-CEO of Finmeccanica was arrested by Italian police for allegedly paying bribes to secure the deal.
AgustaWestland denies the allegations.
A spokesman for Finmeccanica, which controls AgustaWestland, declined to comment. ($1 = 0.7260 euros) (Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; editing by Malini Menon)