AgustaWestland deal: ED summons former IAF chief SP Tyagi on May 5

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 12:09 IST
Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on May 2. (PTI)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned former Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief SP Tyagi on May 5 in connection with money laundering probe in the controversial Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The ED is likely to call SP Tyagi’s cousin brothers also for questioning on May 6.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is questioning Tyagi again on Tuesday in the matter. He was on Monday also questioned by CBI for around 10 hours over his alleged links with middlemen in the chopper deal during which he was also quizzed about the source of funding for his post-retirement trip to Italy.

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It was for the second time in three years that the retired Air Chief Marshal was being questioned in connection with the VVIP chopper deal but it was for the first time he was quizzed after an order of the Italian court on the matter. He was earlier questioned in 2013.

Tyagi has denied allegations against him claiming innocence and that the change of specifications, which brought AgustaWestland into contention, was a collective decision in which senior officers of Indian Air Force, SPG, NSA and other departments were involved.

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The CBI had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen.

The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000m to 4,500m (15,000ft) which put AgustaWestland helicopters in the race for the deal without which its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids.

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