Chopper deal: CBI summons Khaitan, IDS infotech MD, Aeromatrix CEO
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday summoned advocate Gautam Khaitan, IDS Infotech Managing Director Pratap Agarwal and Aeromatrix CEO Praveen Bakshi in the high-profile AgustaWestland deal scam.india Updated: May 10, 2016 12:06 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday summoned advocate Gautam Khaitan, IDS Infotech Managing Director Pratap Agarwal and Aeromatrix CEO Praveen Bakshi in the AgustaWestland deal investigation.
The CBI on Friday questioned Khaitan and three cousins - Rajeev, Sanjeev and Sandeep Tyagi of former Air Chief S P Tyagi.
The questioning revolved around accounts of IDS Tunisia and remittances received by it.
The CBI claimed that Khaitan was being evasive during questioning.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar last week attacked top Congress leaders, suggesting their involvement in the VVIP chopper scam during a reply to a discussion in the Parliament.
Alleging that the procurement process in the AgustaWestland deal was violated, Parrikar said that the former UPA regime had created ‘single-vendor situation’ to benefit from the same.
Parrikar said the UPA regime tried to take the longer route of writing to the embassy and the court etc. instead of taking action against the company.
He also said that the government probe ‘will focus on the role of those named in the judgment of the Italian court.
The Agusta deal was signed in 2010 and was cancelled in 2014, after the allegations of corruption surfaced.
First Published: May 10, 2016 12:06 IST