AgustaWestland: CBI acting at Centre’s behest to divert attention from demonetisation, says Prashant Bhushan

“If they are serious about (tackling) corruption, why have they not taken action in similar Augusta Westaland purchases by the Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan governments,” he asked.

By: ANI | Noida | Published: December 10, 2016 11:55 am
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Reacting to the arrest of former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi in the AugustaWestaland deal, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is acting at the behest of the Centre and wants to divert attention from the demonetisation ‘fiasco’. “All the facts relating to Air Chief Marshal Tyagi are known for more than two years, yet he was not arrested till now. Now, suddenly he has been arrested since this whole fiasco of demonetisation,” Bhushan told media.

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Bhushan further said had the CBI and the Centre been serious about weeding out corruption, then, they should have launched an inquiry into the defence deals done by the Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand governments who have agreements with AugustaWestaland. “If they are serious about (tackling) corruption, why have they not taken action in similar Augusta Westaland purchases by the Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan governments,” he asked.

Asserting that defence deals in India are notorious for corruption and over-pricing, Bhushan said, “Even now, in this Rafale deal, the price of the aircraft was increased more than double where the contract of Rs. 58000 crore was given to Rafale and half of that has been given to Anil Ambani’s company which has no experience in defence production.”

Bhushan further alleged that the interim CBI director is acting on behest of the Centre who is a handpicked man of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah. The CBI on Friday arrested Tyagi in connection with the AgustaWestland scam, – considered as one of the biggest defence scams after Bofors. Gautam Khaitan, a Delhi-based lawyer, and Sanjeev Tyagi, alias, Julie Tyagi, were also arrested by the CBI in this connection. The trio was arrested on the charges of accepting illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt and illegal means during the deal.

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  1. B
    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:40 am
    He should be frank. Why not say drop the proceedings The red herring is not from CBI but from Bhushan!
    1. K
      Dec 10, 2016 at 7:10 am
      Mughals and British ruled Indians because these INDIANS are corrupts and plot against their own motherland, loot their own people, they have no conscience. May be China will rule them next….they have already eroded Indian economy with their cheap waste recycled manufactured things.
      1. Ghoda Murshatpur
        Dec 10, 2016 at 6:55 am
        It must be accepted that arrest of SP Tyagi is a political move; rather than a part of criminal investigation. What was the government doing for so long. We have already a history of Bofors culprits being allowed to escape by delay tactics.
        1. Y
          Dec 10, 2016 at 7:47 am
          As soon as new CBI comes in , he might have been paid few crore to move slowly in investigation out of 425Crs bribe. If things are so straight forward , AK would have indulged Riksha scam or would not have given communal statements. More than that he would not have thrown you out of AAP