AgustaWestland row: CBI questions Tyagi over foreign remittances

New Delhi: CBI on Monday questioned former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and two others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal during which he was asked about the alleged foreign remittances received by him.

CBI sources claimed that some foreign remittances were allegedly received by him in 2009 — two years after his retirement — which were the focus of his questioning.

They said he was asked about the source of these funds, reasons behind the remittances, and also his travels to Italy after his retirement.

File image of SP Tyagi. PTI

File image of SP Tyagi. PTI

The agency confronted him with account statements and sought to know the explanation.

Refusing to reveal the amount or why CBI has not been able to dig into these details even three years after the registration of the case, the officials said they are looking at these issues with a new perspective after the Milan Court of Appeals order which had concluded that bribes were allegedly paid to clinch the deal.

The court names Tyagi at several instances mentioning the meetings and interactions with alleged European middlemen and officials of Finmeccanica, parent firm of AgustaWestland.

Tyagi has denied allegations of any corruption in the Helicopter deal.

The agency also questioned on Monday Praveen Bakshi, CEO of Aeromatrix Infosolutions Pvt Limited and Pratap Aggarwal, Managing Director of IDS Infotech who are under scanner for allegedly helping in routing the bribe amount from AgustaWestland to various suspected Indian beneficiaries.

They claimed they were questioned about services provided by their companies to AgustaWestland.

CBI had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins, Bakshi, Aggarwal and European middlemen — Guido Haschke, Carlo Gerosa and Chritian Michel.

The allegation against Tyagi is that he reduced the flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) which put AgustaWestland helicopters in the race for the deal without which its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids.

Tyagi has denied allegations against him and said the change of specifications, which brought AgustaWestland into contention, was a collective decision in which senior officers of Indian Air Force, SPG and other departments were involved.

Updated Date: May 10, 2016 10:28 AM

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