Chopper Scam:Tyagi Kin to be Quizzed Again

Published: 14th January 2014 08:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2014 08:18 AM   |  A+A-

The CBI is likely to question former Air Force chief S P Tyagi’s cousins Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep Tyagi again in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case after key middleman Guido Haschke allegedly revealed his modus operandi in an Italian court last week.

The CBI and Defence Ministry officials were allowed to cross-examine Haschke through their lawyer in a Milan court on January 9.

Haschke allegedly de-mystified financial triangle in the deal, using circuitous route using fictitious companies in Tunisia and Mauritius to wire kickback amount.

Tyagi brothers were questioned along with former air chief last year, but they had denied any wrongdoings in the deal.

“Haschke had told Indian officials that money was paid for outsourcing engineering and software works. He had also confirmed entering into consultancy contract with AgustaWestland to legitimise kickback money,” sources said.

The CBI in its FIR had alleged that Haschke floated a Tunisia-based company Gordian Services Sarl for consultancy job contract and later entered in an alleged contract with Tyagi brothers to swing the deal in favour of AgustaWestland.

It was alleged that a ‘contract’ was signed between AgustaWestland Spa and Gordian SRL in Agusta’s Cascina Costa plant in December 2005, after Guido Haschke confirmed that India has decided to lower flying ceiling for helicopters.

It was alleged that a sum of Rs 2.89  Crore was transferred to Gordian SRL account by AgustaWestland to pay off intermediaries and public officials in India.

According to sources, Since July 2007 alleged fake bills of nonexistent services were raised by a Chandigarh firm Aeromatrix which has been named in the Central Bureau of Investigation  FIR.


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