The CBI Thursday questioned a senior air force officer,whom it called a potential witness,in connection with alleged corruption in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal. Former air force chief S P Tyagi and his three cousins are accused in the case.
CBI sources said the air marshal rank officer was asked about alterations made in specifications in the tender and whether the changes benefited AgustaWestland. The CBI has alleged that the firm introduced a comparative flight trial with a non-functional engine and eventually bagged the deal for 12 helicopters when the air force,led by Tyagi,relaxed service ceiling norms. It has also alleged that Italian middleman Guido Haschke entered into several consultancy contracts with AgustaWestland between 2004 and 05 and almost on back-to-back basis also made consultancy contracts with the Tyagi brothers (his cousins). Under the cover of these contracts,Haschke allegedly sent bribes to the Tyagis.