The VVIP chopper case pertains to allegations of money laundering in a defence deal signed by the then UPA government led by Congress, with a UK-based helicopter manufacturing company names AgustaWestland. However, the deal was later scrapped in 2014.
AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam: The charge sheet filed before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar also named the others including Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the Rs 450 crore chopper deal bribery case.
The ED claimed that the companies were allegedly involved in movement of bribe money paid to government officials through middleman Christian Michel. In January 2014, India scrapped the contract with AgustaWestland for supply of AW-101 choppers following allegations of kickbacks and involvement of middlemen.