AgustaWestland case: Ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi blames then PM for scam

By: | Updated: December 11, 2016 3:05 PM

Tyagi brothers and Khaitan has been sent to CBI custody till December 14.

He along were three others were arrested by investigating agency yesterday.(PTI)He along with three others were arrested by investigating agency yesterday.(PTI)

The Patiala House court in the national capital today sent former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi and others to custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till December 14 in the AgustaWestland case. The court allowed the investigating agency to question Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan till December 14. The former air force chief and other accused were allegedly involved in irregularities in the procurement of VVIP helicopters from Britain-based AgustaWestland. SP Tyagi is the first chief of any armed wing to be arrested in the country.

During the hearing, the ex-former IAF chief’s defence counsel informed the court that it was a collective decision to procure VVIP helicopters. He added that it was the then PM’s Office which asked for the review in service ceilings, as per the ‘Times Now’ report. While opposing the request for custodial interrogation, his counsel said that the investigating agency had not given any specific point for seeking the remand of the accused.

SP Tyagi told the court himself that he had started purchasing land since 2002 . If that shows he is corrupt, then he has nothing to say. His statement came after the agency said he bought lot of agricultural land for which the source of income has to be ascertained.

The CBI further told the court that the vital information was collected from Switzerland , Mauritius and Italy, through letters of request and the accused are needed to be confronted with it to pull out the larger conspiracy in the helicopter deal case.While seeking custody of the accused, the agency told the court that meetings were taking place regularly between senior officials of AgustaWestland and SP Tyagi, a report in IANS has said.

It alleged that a conspiracy was plotted to reduce the service ceiling of the helicopters from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres after which AgustaWestland became eligible to supply helicopters for VVIP duties.

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