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CBI analyses more documents; set to question persons in PE

10:45 PM Jun 01, 2019 |

New Delhi: CBI today analysed fresh documents received from Italy as it prepared to examine former IAF Chief S P Tyagi and 10 others named in its Preliminary Enquiry(PE) to probe allegations of kickbacks in the VVIP chopper deal.

Some more documents which were brought to India by another officer from Italy yesterday were being analysed today, CBI sources  said, adding the legal department of the agency was being made a part of the probe team to determine the scope of evidence in each and every document.

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The sources said the agency is set to examine the people named in the PE registered to probe allegations that kickbacks were paid in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

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They said the CBI is likely to seek documents of Indian units of the companies–Aeromatrix and IDS Infotech–allegedly involved in the case after seeking legal opinion in the matter.

The PE was registered yesterday to probe allegations that some “middlemen have influenced the deal in favour” of the UK-based AgustaWestland for the supply of 12 helicopters.

It is also learnt that parent company Finmeccanica paid a commission of seven million Euros (about Rs 50 crore) to the middlemen out of which huge sums were transferred to seven Indian nationals through Tunisia and Mauritius, the PE said.

CBI had yesterday registered a PE in the case naming former IAF chief SP Tyagi and 10 others including his cousins–Julie, Docsa and Sandeep Tyagi as suspects.

An official statement of the CBI had said it had registered “a Preliminary Enquiry against the then Chief of Air Staff; five private persons; Italy-based company and its CEO; UK-based Company and its CEO; three middlemen and two India-based private firms in the matter of procurement of 12AW 101 VVIP/VIP Helicopters from U.K based company”.

It is alleged that in the procurement process of the Helicopters, some middlemen have influenced the deal in favour of U.K based company, the statement said.

It is also alleged that Italy-based company paid commission in terms of several millions of Euros to the middle men and two middlemen from their share of commission allegedly paid huge sums of money to several Indian Nationals through Tunisia and Mauritius route in the garb of engineering contracts with two India-based companies.

The money, according to the CBI’s PE, was sent in the garb of engineering contracts with two Indian companies–IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix.

Besides the former IAF chief, 10 others including his cousins–Julie, Docsa and Sandeep Tyagi have also been named along with four companies in the PE, CBI sources said.

Suspected European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschkhe, advocate Gautam Khaitan formerly associated with Aeromatrix and its CEO Praveen Bakshi, former Finmeccanica Chairman Giuseppe Orsi, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini have also been named.

Besides Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland, IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix also figure in the PE, they said.

All the suspects and companies named by the CBI in its PE have denied allegations of receiving or giving kickbacks in the deal.

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