After arresting former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, the CBI is likely to question former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former officials in the PMO, according to a report on News18. The report suggests that along with Manmohan Singh, the investigating agency may also question the former prime minister’s then principal secretary TKA Nair and former national security adviser MK Narayanan beside the former CBI director Ranjit Sinha and former special director Salim Ali.
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The CBI had on Friday arrested SP Tyagi for allegedly influencing the Rs 3,600-crore deal in favour of AgustaWestland. A Delhi-based lawyer, Gautam Khaitan and SP Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi was also arrested along with him. The CBI said that all the three people have been arrested for accepting illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt or illegal means.
On January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal. CBI had also got issued Letters Rogatory (judicial requests) to multiple countries to gather more leads and evidences in this case.