Chopper deal: India receives fresh tranche of documents
India has received a fresh tranche of crucial documents from Italy in connection with the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal, which is likely to help CBI in expediting the probe into the bribery scam allegedly involving the then Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi.
CBI sources said DIG Mahipal Yadav returned today from Milan, where the then executives of Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland are being prosecuted by the Italian authorities for alleged international corruption.
India is being represented as a civil party in the case by the defence ministry.
They said the CBI was expecting to get copies of transcripts of phone conversations of middlemen, which were intercepted by the Italian agencies, but it may take some time because of the court's procedural issues.
The sources said a fresh tranche of documents have been handed over to the Indian mission on the orders of the Milan court, but did not give their details as it might compromise their ongoing probe by the agency.
The sources said a set of over 40,000 documents related to contours of money trail has already been received by the CBI from the Italian court after the defence ministry became a civil party in the ongoing case in the European country.
The sources said once CBI gets these records, it might question Tyagi and other accused again, before preparing the chargesheet against the accused.
CBI which carried out probe in India had named 13 individuals, including Tyagi and European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke, in the FIR as accused, in connection with the alleged bribery.