AgustaWestland: CBI Questions SP Tyagi’s Cousins & Gautam Khaitan

Questions related to their relations with European middlemen in AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal were posed.

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Gautam Khaitan arrives at CBI headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday questioned cousins of former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi – Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep – and advocate Gautam Khaitan for nearly eight hours.

The investigating agency asked exhaustively about finances, firms established by them and their relations with European middlemen in AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.

According to sources, questioning revolved around accounts of IDS Tunisia and remittances received by it. They said some documents that Khaitan was not carrying in Friday were brought by him.

The CBI claimed that Khaitan was being evasive during questioning and “concealing” information. Agency sources said Partap K Aggarwal, managing director of IDS Infotech, and Praveen Bakshi, CEO of Aeromatrix Info Solutions, have been called in connection with its probe in the case. Their firms were apparently used to route alleged bribe money in India.

Tyagi, too, has been called on Monday again for a fresh round of questioning. According to the sources, Aggarwal, Bakshi and Tyagi have been called after some new facts emerged during the questioning of the four accused on Saturday.

Sanjeev has not denied his relations with European middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. He said they know him five to six years before the order was placed. He has said the payments received by him were for power sector jobs, which were all received through proper banking channels with income tax paid on them.

He has said that payments received from middlemen were not for helicopter deal but for some power sector job.

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