THE CBI on Saturday questioned retired Air Marshal J S Gujral for 10 hours in connection with its probe into the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. While retired Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi is expected to be questioned on Monday, the agency has also issued summons to his cousins Sandeep, Sanjeev and Rajeev.
While all of them were questioned earlier, a CBI source said “they were called again in the light of the Milan Court of Appeals conviction order, and some new facts which have come to light”.
Sources said Gujral, who is being treated as a witness in the case, has agreed to appear before the CBI again. “He has given us some information. Based on that, we will question S P Tyagi on Monday. We will again call him (Gujral) for questioning later,” said a CBI source.
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Gujral, who was IAF procurement chief in 2005, was reportedly part of the meeting in March 2005 where the issue regarding a change in technical specifications of the choppers was purportedly discussed. S P Tyagi and then NSA, M K Narayanan, were also reported to have attended the meeting.
The CBI has registered a case against S P Tyagi and 12 others, including his three cousins, and five foreign nationals in the case. Six companies — Italy-based Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Mohali-based IDS Infotech, Chandigarh-based Aeromatrix, IDS Tunisia and IDS Mauritius — have also been named in the FIR.
Sources said the agency has examined more than 100 people in connection with the case, including all the Indians accused, while it needs to examine five foreign nationals. The agency has sent judicial requests to eight countries in its attempt to unravel the money trail of the alleged bribe of around Rs 400 crore.
According to sources, the agency has received responses from Italy, British Virgin Islands, United Kingdom and Tunisia.