CBI Director Ranjit Sinha recently met Indian envoy in Rome in a bid to expedite probe into the alleged irregularities in Rs 3,546 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal.
Sinha, who was in the Italian capital last week to attend a conference on human trafficking, discussed ways to fast-track the agency probe into the deal with Basant Kumar Gupta, Indian Ambassador to Italy, the CBI sources said.
Sinha pressed for early execution of the agency’s Letters Rogatory to Italy seeking certain information on the accused and companies named in its FIR. The agency was awaiting the replies to LRs to file a chargesheet in the scam, the sources said.
Former chief of IAF S P Tyagi and about a dozen others have been named in the FIR registered by the CBI on March 13, last year, to probe the deal. Tyagi cousins — Sanjeev, alias Julie, Rajeev, alias Docsa, and Sandeep, European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke have also been named in the FIR as accused.
The top executives of Italian firm Finmeccanica and its UK-based subsidiary AgustaWestland are facing trial in Italy for alleged corruption in supply of 12 VVIP helicopters to India.