The CBI Wednesday claimed that it has got a “new impetus” in its probe into the AgustaWestland chopper deal after its two-member team visited Italy recently and collected case details from investigators there. In its probe, the agency is focussing on the trail of a suspected Euro 50 million bribe amount spread across eight countries.
Asked if the CBI team also recorded statements of former Finmeccanica chief Giuseppe Orsi and former CEO of Bruno Spagnolini, both convicted by an Italian court, CBI officials were tightlipped. The case is now being probed by an SIT headed by a CBI additional director.
Sources confirmed the two-member team were in Milan on a four-day visit during which they met legal and police authorities who were probing the case there. They said all details sought by the CBI were provided through Letters Rogatory (LRs), revealing that it was the only country among seven others that had provided complete details.
Sources, however, did not clarify on the need for the CBI team to travel to Italy when all details had been received through LRs. They reiterated that the agency is focussing on the money trail of suspected kickbacks of over Euro 50 million, which is believed to have been moved across eight countries. The CBI had sent LRs to eight countries — Italy, the United Kingdom, British Virgin Island, Tunisia, Switzerland, Singapore, the UAE and Mauritius.
The CBI had registered a case against former IAF Chief S P Tyagi along with 13 others, including his cousins, and European middlemen in connection with alleged bribery case related to the 2010 deal of 12 AgustaWestland helicopters for VVIPs.