The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested former Air Chief S P Tyagi in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested former Air Chief S P Tyagi in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case. It was also reported, that two others namely Gautam Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi have also been arrested. According to reports, the enforcement directorate had summoned the former Air Chief, Tyagi in April in connection with the money-laundering probe. The CBI said that all three arrested on the allegations of who had accepted the illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt or illegal means.
According to reports, Tyagi has been accused of reducing the height of the VVIP helicopters so that AgustaWestland could get included in the bids. The Enforcement Directorate had registered a PMLA case in the matter in 2014. It had also named 20 others excluding Tyagi in the money laundering case. According to reports, the ED is probing the case in which 70 million euros, which translates to Rs 463 crores in Indian currency, were paid as kickbacks.
Tyagi, who had retired in 2007, had been questioned by the CBI extensively in the past regarding the case. According to reports by PTI, this was the first time that a former IAF chief was arrested by the CBI. Earlier on January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force over the alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks of Rs 423 crore for it for securing the deal. CBI had also got issued Letters Rogatory (judicial requests) to multiple countries to gather more leads and evidence in this case.
(With Agency inputs)