Refuting the charges laid out against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding his involvement in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case, the former Air Chief S P Tyagi on Saturday said he is not a corrupt man and that he can give his bank account details. “I am not a corrupt man, I can give my bank account details,” Tyagi told the Magisterial Court in Patiala House on Saturday. He also said that he can account for the agricultural land purchase. “I can account for my agricultural land purchase. In this nation, if you get arrested, you are arrested. You are on TV channels,” Tyagi added. The CBI has sought a 10-day custody for him and all the other accused in the case. The investigative agency had earlier told the court that Tyagi needs to be interrogated regarding his family’s investments in agricultural lands.
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Presenting his arguement in the court, S P Tyagi’s counsel said that that the chopper deals was a collective decision. “Procurement of chopper deal was a collective decision. Choppers were meant for VVIPs. PMO suggested change of service ceiling (6000 metres). How many times VVIPs visited Siachen?” he said. The counsel also asked the court the purpose for the enquiry and added that his client has always co-operated. “There should a specific purpose on completion of enquiry. SP Tyagi has always cooperated,” he said.
The former IAF chief, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer-businessman Gautam Khaitan were arrested by CBI on Friday afternoon after a round of questioning after they allegedly did not co-operate with the investigation. According to the CBI officials, they have evidence against accused which includes information on their financial transactions received from abroad.
As first reported by The Indian Express on February 13, 2013, Italian investigators first alleged that the Tyagis received bribes to swing the deal in favour of AgustaWestland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica, by tweaking technical requirements of the tender. Khaitan was allegedly the main cog in a money-laundering wheel that facilitated the movement of bribes through a maze of companies.