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AgustaWestland: Has the CBI Been Thorough With Its Investigation?

Did the CBI go slow with the AgustaWestland probe, which began in 2013?

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Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi arriving at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Is it not strange that the AgustaWestland probe, which is going on since 2013, has reached this stage of investigation after 3 years? The CBI’s plea to examine Tyagi now stems from an Italian court’s order on AgustaWestland.

Really? The CBI could have easily found out details of Tyagi’s international trip from his passport. His bank account details could have revealed the investments he made in the four companies. Why did the CBI then not investigate these aspects earlier? Why were they sitting with so much information, all available on our soil? Were they waiting for political go-ahead?

Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi arriving at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, 2 May 2016. (Photo: PTI)
Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi arriving at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, 2 May 2016. (Photo: PTI)

On Tuesday, ex-IAF Chief SP Tyagi was questioned by the CBI for the second consecutive day in the AgustaWestland scam. According to a CBI source, during the examination, investigators found that Tyagi and his wife own four companies based in Noida – Vanshi, Anuras, Shravan and Meghanshu, set up in 2011-12 – almost a year after the AgustaWestland deal cleared in 2010. The sources did not answer if these companies were used for receiving illegal gratification, if any, by the former air chief. But the matter still needs to be investigated properly.

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