The CBI is verifying if former air force chief SP Tyagi allegedly met an AgustaWestland Limited (AW) middleman before a key technical requirement was eased to allow the firm to bag an Indian deal in 2010.
The suspected meeting occurred before Tyagi approved the reduction of the mandatory service ceiling height of 6,000m to 4,500m on March 14, 2005. Haschke admitted about allegedly meeting Tyagi before Italy’s Milan Appeals Court, said an agency source.
CBI has summoned on Monday three accused named in the FIR for questioning, including Tyagi, Pratap K Aggarwal, the then managing director of IDS Infotech Ltd India, and Praveen Bakshi, the then chief executive officer of Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt Ltd.
UK-based AW Ltd clinched the Indian contract to sell 12 VVIP AW-101 choppers in February 2010 for `3,727 crore. A Tunisian front allegedly raised invoices worth 34 million euros on AW for engineering contracts outsourced to the two Indian firms, but paid them only six million euros – the rest was funneled to India for bribe payments. The CBI is probing allegations that Finmeccanica and AW spent `360 crore to bribe influential people in India, including Tyagi and his three cousins, to manipulate specifications to bag the contract.