The CBI, which is probing receipt of kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP AgustaWestland deal, will request the UK and a few other countries to expedite sharing of details on the alleged money-trail under its scanner, including those pertaining to the alleged transfer of around 3 lakh to three Indians and 2.166 million to an Indian firm.
The agency’s “core” case against the accused individuals and firms in the case hinges on establishment of charges related to the money trail and abuse of official position that led award of the choppers deal to British firm, said a CBI source. The agency will seek expediting of the provision of the details from UK, Italy, Tunisia and Mauritius.
AgustaWestland is accused to have transferred 2.166 million to an Indian firm during November 2007 to April 2010, said the source.
CBI suspects that a month after the Indian Air Force had in April 2004 rejected AgustaWestland’s bid for supply of VVIP choppers due to its inadequate flying capability, it had allegedly paid three of its Indian middlemen 1.26 lakh to get the eligibility norm relaxed. It later allegedly paid them paid them 2 lakh.