Former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, along with other accused, was taken into 4-day police custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday, after he was presented in a magisterial court in Patiala House in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. The CBI had moved court earlier in the day, seeking a 10-day custody to interrogate Tyagi and the other accused. The former IAF chief, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer-businessman Gautam Khaitan were arrested by CBI on Friday.
“Agusta was engaging middlemen regularly,bribes were paid, investigation is going on,” the CBI told court, adding that AgustaWestland officials met S P Tyagi at his official residence. CBI said that they have received “incriminating documents” from Italy and Mauritius against the formet IAF chief. CBI further said that, “During SP Tyagi’s tenure, his family invested in agriculture land. In this regard he is to be interrogated.”
Responding to the accusations, Tyagi said, “I am not a corrupt man, I can give my bank account details,” adding that, “I purchased agriculture land in 2002 and everything is accounted.” The Tyagi brothers and Khaitan were called for questioning Friday morning and were arrested in the afternoon after they did not cooperate in the investigation. CBI officials claimed to have evidence against the Tyagis and Khaitan, which includes information on their financial transactions received from abroad.