CBI quizzes former IAF chief Tyagi in chopper scam

S.-P.-Tyagi The ex-IAF chief is accused of modifying the requirements in order to seal the deal with AgustaWestland

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday began the questioning of former IAF chief S.P. Tyagi in connection with its probe into the alleged corruption in the AgustaWestland choppers deal.

The CBI had on Friday issued summons to Tyagi. The ex-IAF chief is accused of modifying the requirements in order to seal the deal with AgustaWestland.

The investigating agency had quizzed former IAF Deputy Chief J.S. Gujral on Saturday in the case.

Both, Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013 but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after recent order of an Italian Court which indicated corruption in the deal.

The court has given details of how alleged bribes were paid by helicopter maker Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland to Indian officials through middlemen to clinch the deal. The investigating agency had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen in the case.

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also issued summons to Tyagi.

He has been summoned under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. However, the date of hearing has not been revealed.

Meanwhile, James Christian Michel, the accused middleman in the chopper deal, has offered himself up for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI.

AgustaWestland's Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force was scrapped by the former UPA government over charges of paying kickbacks to Indian agents.

In January 2013, India cancelled the deal and the CBI was assigned to investigate the matter.

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