Former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi was questioned by CBI on Monday. It was because of his alleged connection in the Rs. 3,600 crore Augusta Westland VVIP Chopper deal. Summons were issued by CBI against him on Friday. Besides Tyagi, his three cousins are also being questioned in the case. He arrived at the headquarters at 10 am for the process. A questionnaire was ready for questioning Tyagi.
According to the officials, he has taken bribe from a United Kingdom based corporation AugustaWestland. It is a subsidiary of Italian defence giant Finmeccanica. The agency had alleged that bribe was taken by him to make some sort of changes in the technical requirements and that as a result helped the company in cracking the deal. The deal was cracked in the year 2010, after two years the deal was cancelled though. The deal was done so that 12 VVIP AW-101 choppers could be supplied for a price of Rs. 3,727 crore. All these details have been given by the Milan Court of Appeals. It has explained everything as to how the deal was cracked and how the bribe helped in the cracking of the deal.
The case has been registered by the CBI against 14 people including former IAF Chief Tyagi. Apparently, he was also involved in bringing down the flying ceiling of the flying choppers, the height was reduced from 6,000m to 4,500 m so that the Augusta Westland can be a part of the bid. Otherwise, they were not allowed to be a part of the process.
Tyagi is also alleged to have a number of meetings with Finmeccanica, first was in the year 2004, followed by other two meetings in 2005. He has also met their officials socially. CBI is trying its best to understand what all happened in the meetings.
Besides this, CBI is also questioning former deputy air chief JS Gujral who is also alleged to be involved in the case.
On May 4, the Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar will be presenting a chronology of the events in the Parliament. He said, “I will place the detailed chronology, giving facts about the chopper deal before the parliament on Wednesday. I will place the detailed chronology, giving how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company. Those who received kickbacks will not leave behind the proof for us to prosecute them, but we will have to prove it. It is for us to prove everything now. Since the issue would be placed in Parliament, I would not like to speak in detail to media.”