AgustaWestland scam: CBI to focus on top politicians

New Delhi: In its ongoing investigation in the Rs 3,767 crore AgustaWestland chopper scam, the CBI is focusing on the roles of several top political leaders, sources revealed on Thursday.

The CBI sources said that the leaders include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her aide Ahmed Patel.

They came under the agency's radar following the arrests of former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan. The trio are now out on bail.

Representational photo. Reuters

Representational photo. Reuters

The agency was also looking into the role of the then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, sources said.

Sources revealed that the probe would cover all the leaders in the erstwhile Congress-led-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, who were alleged to be connected when the deal for the 12 VVIP choppers was being finalised.

The agency would be taking action on the basis of two notes by Italian middleman Christian Michel that were taken into cognizance by an Italian court.

The court had earlier in April 2016 convicted former Finmeccanica chief Bruno Spagnolini and Giuseppe Orsi, who headed the chopper division AgustaWestland, for bribing Indian officials.

Published Date: Jan 05, 2017 15:43 PM | Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 15:43 PM

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