CBI Probing SP Tyagi’s Italy Visit and Allegations of Bribe

The agency registered a case against former IAF Chief Tyagi along with 13 others in the AgustaWestland deal.

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CBI has registered a case against former IAF chief Tyagi along with 13 others in the AgustaWestland scam. (Photo: PTI)

The CBI questioned former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi on Monday in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs 3600-crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland.

The agency had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen. Tyagi has denied the allegations.

The allegation against the former Air chief is that he allegedly reduced the height of the VVIP helicopters so that AgustaWestland could be included in the bids.

CBI to Probe if Decision to Change Ceiling Rule was Tyagi’s Call

CBI sources told ANI that the decision to change mandatory ceiling rule from 6000 metres to 4500 metres was taken in a meeting at IAF headquarters on 7 March 2005.

Today’s focus area was the allegations of bribery and the Italy court judgement that came to light. We are figuring out the purpose of SP Tyagi’s visit to Italy after his retirement. We are investigating his account and asset details as well.
Sources, CBI

They added that the agency will probe whether the decision was Tyagi’s call or whether his decision was made under ‘extraneous pressure’.

Former Deputy Chief Gujral Questioned by CBI

On Saturday, CBI had questioned former Deputy Chief of Indian Air Force JS Gujral. He was one of the many senior officials who were part of the meeting in 2005 when a decision to alter the required specifications was taken.

Tyagi’s questioning will continue on Tuesday. The CBI will also call Tyagi’s cousins and businessman Gautam Khaitan for questioning.

Both Tyagi and Gujral have been questioned at length in 2013 but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after the 7 April order of an Italian court.

CBI has so far maintained that Gujral was questioned as a witness while remaining tight-lipped about if he still retains the same status.

The agency, so far, has not levelled any allegation against him.

(With agency inputs)

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