British PM offers to cooperate with India on graft probe

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised full cooperation with India and its police as a probe into alleged kickbacks in a helicopter deal clouded his meetings with leaders in New Delhi. 

He arrived in India on Monday with what he called the biggest-ever British overseas business delegation. 

Mr Cameron is pushing for better access to the booming market of 1.2 billion people and greater trade. 

While keen to still convince India of the merits of the part-British Eurofighter military jets, he has been dogged by another defence deal involving an Anglo-Italian helicopter maker. 

Italian authorities made arrests last week during an investigation into bribes allegedly paid to secure the 750-million US dollar contract in 2010. 

Leaks to the media indicate one of the accused middlemen is based in London. 

The helicopters are being made in southwest Britain.