The CBI has arrested the former Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer-businessman Gautam Khaitan in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case.
CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said: “It was alleged that Chief of Air Staff (CAS) entered into criminal conspiracy with other accused persons and in 2005, conceded to change IAF’s consistent stand, that service ceiling of VVIP helicopters 6,000 metres was an inescapable operational necessity and reduced the same to 4,500 metres.”
“It was revealed during investigation that such undue favours were allegedly shown to said UK-based private company by accepting illegal gratification from the accused vendors through middlemen/relatives including his cousin and an advocate etc. who accepted the illegal gratification for exercising influence through illegal means, or using personal influence over the concerned public servants,” the CBI spokesperson said.
The ED prosecution complaint notes: “Tyagi brothers namely Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep, cousins of S P Tyagi, who had long acquaintance with Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa (another alleged middleman) entered into a consultancy contract with Gordan Services Sarl, Tunisia in 2004. Gordon Services was linked to Haschke and Gerosa. The Tyagi brothers received Euro 1.26 lakh after May 2004 and Euro 2 lakh after February 2005 .Tyagi brothers, including S P Tyagi, also received some amount in cash.”
“The real deal was, however, that of the Euro 70 million, only 30 percent would be utilised for actual work including engineering services and media handling while the rest would be diverted to pay bribes,” an investigator said.
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