Former IAF Chief’s Cousin Admits Link in AgustaWestland Deal

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CBI questioned former IAF Chief S P Tyagi’s cousin Sanjiv Tyagi in connection with AgustaWestland Chopper Deal

After former IAF Chief, SP Tyagi admitted that he met the senior officials while negotiating the deal for the chopper, one of his cousins, Sanjiv Tyagi alias Juli also admitted that he had some kind of dealings with the European middleman Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke in the AgustaWestland Chopper deal. He has admitted that he took payments from the middlemen, CBI officials confirmed.

Sanjiv Tyagi also told the CBI officials that he had met Chief Operating Officer of Finmeccanica, Georgia Zapa, in Delhi on February 15, 2005. That was the time when it had been only a month for Tyagi as an Air Chief Marshal and all the specification of the VVIP Chopper were the same and there was no change in them.

Chances of making the arrest in this case increased when some of the sources claimed that when Sanjiv and Gautam Khaitan, former board member of Aeromatrix, tried to hide the information from CBI. Khaitan was also given break during the interrogation as he had forgotten to get all the documents which were required at the time. He has also admitted to setup a shell company IDS Tunisia. According to some of the officials, Sanjiv had also made some of the property dealings with former Air Force Chief.

CBI has summoned all the three Tyagi brothers and also Gautam Khaitan with respect to the AgustaWestland bribery case. Besides these high profile people, others who have been accused in this case are Sandeep Tyagi and Rajeev Tyagi. They were also questioned by the agency for almost eight hours.

The scam involves an amount of Rs. 3,600 crore. As Sanjiv admitted his involvement, CBI also summoned the middleman Christian Michel’s driver Narayan Bahadur and they have been interrogating him now to find out more about the scam.

A case had been registered by the CBI against Tyagi and all those 13 people who have been accused. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the British High Commissioner has yet not responded. Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar is also monitoring all the information.

SP Tyagi has been accused of reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000 m to 4,500 m to clear the way for AgustaWestland in the bidding process.

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