This is the first time that a military chief of the country — retired or serving — has been arrested in a probe into alleged corruption in defence procurement.
ED sources said their “request” for details of assets of individuals is “not an indication of bribe flow but just an examination of allegations” that the note suggests.
Government has no political intention in pursuing the case except that the beneficiaries should be identified, says Arun Jaitley
Soon after his retirement in 2007, former IAF chief S P Tyagi reportedly visited Florence, Milan and Venice in 2008/9.
Two Rajya Sabha MPs of the Congress also gave a notice to move breach of privilege motion against Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar for his ministry issuing a statement on the deal outside the House when Parliament was in session.
“They are responsible and they should bring out the truth. It should be disclosed before the people of the country,” Shah said.
Government has a full-time defence minister at last. Parrikar has much work to do.
The supply of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland had come under scanner after Italian authorities alleged that bribe money was given by the company to clinch the deal.
CBI has managed to get the complete tranche of records from Italy.