Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha calls AgustaWestland deal scam ‘very unfortunate’

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

Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha called the AgustaWestland deal scam "very unfortunate" and said such incident acts adversely on the reputation of the air force.

IAF chief Arup Raha said that such "incident obviously acts adversely on reputation of a very professional force" but IAF and armed forces will continue serve the nation to the best of their abilities, he assured. (ANI)AgustaWestland deal scam: IAF chief Arup Raha said that such “incident obviously acts adversely on reputation of a very professional force” but IAF and armed forces will continue serve the nation to the best of their abilities, he assured. (ANI)

Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha called the AgustaWestland deal scam “very unfortunate” and said such incident acts adversely on the reputation of the air force. Former Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer-businessman Gautam Khaitan were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. They were produced before Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Saturday where they were ordered to sent to four-day CBI custody.

Meanwhile, the IAF chief Raha commented on the whole issue saying it is a “very unfortunate episode.” On the current proceedings on SP Tyagi, he said it is a due process of law by adding that whatever be the result after inquiry, it will be accepted.

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He further said that such “incident obviously acts adversely on reputation of a very professional force” but IAF and armed forces will continue serve the nation to the best of their abilities, he assured. “If anything is wrong, we correct it very quickly,” he said.

Asked about the ongoing demonetisation drive in the country, Raha said that are “quite okay” with it as if it succeeds, it would be good for country. He said the IAF is extending all possible assistance to the government in the prevailing circumstances. The IAF is “assisting the government in airlifting large quantities of banknotes” to take it to the different regions of the country in order to maintain availability of cash for public, said Raha. Besides, IAF has also deployed some people to help the government in maintaining round the clock production capacity, added he.

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