NEW DELHI: Defence expert Nitin Gokhale on Saturday said that former air chief S.P. Tyagi is not the last person to be arrested in the AgustaWestland case, adding that other high-profile officials, bureaucrats and politicians should also be brought under the CBI scanner.
“The former air chief S.P. Tyagi being arrested is indeed a big news and it has taken almost four years for the CBI to make a first high profile arrest. But I believe that S.P. Tyagi is not the last person who will be arrested because he did not take an individual decision in the AgustaWestland case. There were many other high profile people also involved in the decision making,” Gokhale told ANI.
“So, just to pick out Air Chief Marshal (Retired) S.P. Tyagi will be unfair. So, therefore, my view is that even they should be not just interrogated, but they should be looked at very closely and if necessary also go after them,” he added.
He further said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would do well to look at those involved in that decision-making process.
“Otherwise, it will be seen as victimising a service personnel and allowing bureaucrats and may be some politicians to get away from this crime. This entire deal was handled not just by Air Head Quarters, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was involved and so was the Prime Minister’s Office. Two PM’s offices that are the previous NDA government and Dr Manmohan Singh’s Prime Minister’s Offices were involved. The special protection group which protects the Prime Minister was also involved.” he added.
The CBI will produce Tyagi in court today and will seek his remand after he was arrested in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal case.
Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi were also arrested in the case.
The deal is related to purchase of twelve helicopters for VVIPs from Italian manufacturer Finmeccanica in 2010 during UPA-2 government's rule.
Tyagi, 71,who retired in 2007, was called for questioning to the CBI headquarters along with Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi.
These are the first arrests by CBI which came after it registered a case in 2013.