The CBI has frozen bank accounts of eight Indians, including former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi and three of his cousins, named as accused for allegedly receiving kickbacks in the Rs. 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal.
"Certain bank accounts of some of the accused in the AgustaWestland scam, who are Indians, have been frozen," said a CBI source. The source added, "The accounts frozen are those that were suspected to have been utilised by the accused for transacting, receiving the bribes given for swinging the deal in favour of the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers."
Among the accounts frozen were allegedly those of Tyagi and three of his cousins named in the FIR-Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi, Rajeev Tyagi alias Docsa Tyagi and Sandeep Tyagi.
The agency has also frozen accounts of the two Indian firms named in its FIR- IDS Infotech Ltd, Mohali and Aeromatrix Info Solution Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh.
The agency had recently issued lookout notices against the eight Indian accused. The CBI suspects that the two Indian firms were allegedly using middlemen to send bribes masked as payments for engineering contracts to some Indian accused via Tunisia and Mauritius.