The CBI, which is probing alleged kickbacks by an Italian firm to bag the contract to supply AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters in 2010, has issued lookout notices against former air force chief SP Tyagi, three of his cousins and four other Indians — named as accused in the FIR.
The lookout notices were sent to the exit points, including airports, to prevent the eight accused persons from leaving India, said a CBI source.
“The lookout notices were issued against the accused last week, as part of a routine procedure to ensure that they cannot escape prosecution in the case,” said an agency source.
The CBI will also seek the Interpol’s help to track three absconding non-Indian alleged middlemen named in the FIR — Guido Ralph Haschke, Carlo Valentino Ferdinando Gerosa and Christian Michel, said the source.
The agency has also sought help of the central Financial Intelligence Unit to track the alleged bribe routed to Indian recipients in the case, said the source.
On March 13, the CBI had booked 13 persons, including five foreigners and eight Indians — including Tyagi and three of his cousins Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi, Rajeev Tyagi alias Docsa Tyagi and Sandeep Tyagi who were suspected to be the middlemen in the deal — to probe allegations that in the procurement of the VVIP choppers, some persons acted as middlemen and influenced the deal in favour of the AgustaWestland.