Chopper scam: CBI records statements of Chaturvedi, Sharma

The allegation against the former air chief is that he reduced the height of the choppers so that AgustaWestland could be included in the bids.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 5, 2014 1:53:24 am

The Central Bureau of Investigation has recorded statements of former cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi and ex-defence secretary Shashikant Sharma, who is presently heading the CAG, in connection with the Rs 3,546 crore VVIP chopper scam.

Besides them, the agency also examined former secretary (security) at the Cabinet Secretariat Sudhir Kumar, former inspector general SPG N Ramachandran, who retired as DGP Meghalaya, and former special secretary (acquisition) in the Defence Ministry H C Gupta as part of its probe.

Sources said these officers were examined last month as witnesses in connection with the probe into allegations of bribery. The agency said they were part of the decision to grant chopper contract to AgustaWestland, which was later cancelled after series of exposés by The Indian Express.

Chaturvedi, a UP cadre IAS officer, retired in 2007 while Sharma demitted office in 2013. Kumar, who was secretary (security) during 2004-05, looked after the administration of Special Protection Group.

A case was registered by the CBI against former IAF chief S P Tyagi and 12 others, including his cousins, for alleged cheating, corruption and criminal conspiracy in the helicopter deal in which it is alleged to have been paid as kickbacks. The former IAF chief has refuted the allegations.

The allegation against the former air chief is that he reduced the height of the choppers so that AgustaWestland could be included in the bids.

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