Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry: Within hours of the ousted Tata Sons chairman making some sensational revelations and even cast aspersions on certain individuals over the VVIP chopper deal scam, reactions came in fast and furious. Among the first to issue a clarification was Ex-Defence Secretary Vijay Singh who quickly denied Cyrus Mistry’s allegation. He went on to add that the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland deal was approved by the Cabinet after his retirement – CBI is probing the case where allegations have been made that bribes were paid in deal to purchase 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters.
Vijay Singh, who is a nominee director on Tata Sons board said, “To connect me with AgustaWestland is slanderous and malicious.”
Earlier in the day, in a statement, issued by his office, former Tata Sons chairman Mistry accused Singh, a nominee director on the Tata Sons board of playing a key role in AugustaWestland deal scam. Mistry also accused him of coming up with theories in order to defend himself in the plan hatched by incumbent interim Chairman Ratan Tata to remove him as Tata Sons chairman as well as from other group companies.
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In a related development in the AgustaWestland deal, former IAF chief S P Tyagi, who was arrested in choppers deal case, was sent to police custody till December 14 by a city court. Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev and lawyer Gautam Khaitan were also sent to police custody till Dec 14.
During the proceedings in before the Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh, CBI sought 10 days’ custody. CBI justified this by saying that it was a ‘very large conspiracy having international ramifications’. The magistrate then sent them into CBI custody and added that their custodial interrogation was required for a ‘fair probe’ in the case.
On his part, Tyagi’s counsel N Hariharan, said that the decision to buy the helicopters from this company was a ‘collective’ one and that even the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was part of the whole process.