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CBI questions top retired officer

The CBI said they were planning to summon more senior IAF officials to expedite the probe.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 5, 2013 1:50:35 am

Picking up pace in its investigations into the VVIP chopper deal corruption scam in which a former Air Chief has been named as one of the accused,the CBI recently questioned a top retired Air Marshal of the IAF,with other serving and retired officers too expected to be questioned in coming days.

Sources said the agency examined Air Marshal (retd) J S Gujral,who served as a Deputy Chief of Air Staff when the qualitative requirements of the chopper were being decided,as a witness in the case. The officer later retired as Commander in Chief of the Central Command,one of the senior most officers of the IAF. When asked if he was aware that serving officers would be questioned by the CBI in connection to the case,Air Chief N A K Browne said,“You must be having all the information. Why are you asking me?”

As Gujral was in charge of procurements,the agency said he was examined and details were sought on the basis of documents received from Italy during the AgustaWestland trial. CBI is said to have received complete tranche of records,from Italy and got translated it into English.

The CBI said they were planning to summon more senior IAF officials to expedite the probe and once the examination of the witnesses and accused is over,they will file the chargesheet. Sources said the records were being analysed by sleuths who will decide the charges to be pressed against the accused named in the FIR,including former Air Chief S P Tyagi,and his three cousins.

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