The Former Air Force Chief S P Tyagi was produced before Magisterial Court in Patiala House on Saturday, where the Central Bureau of Investigation sought a 10-day custody for him and all the other accused for interrogation in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. 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.
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.