scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Thursday, July 07, 2022

Khaitan denies role in defence deals

“I strongly deny all such allegations and insinuation of my having any direct/indirect involvement in any defence deals along with the alleged deal of VVIP helicopters

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
October 28, 2012 12:04:14 am

A day after The Indian Express reported an Italian investigation report into corruption allegations in the VVIP helicopter deal,lawyer Gautam Khaitan,who has been named as one of the persons being investigated,has said that he has no role in any defence deal and that his contact with alleged middleman Guido Haschke was limited to being a legal counsel.

“I strongly deny all such allegations and insinuation of my having any direct/indirect involvement in any defence deals along with the alleged deal of VVIP helicopters. There is no question of any wrongdoing. I and my firm are acting as the lawyers for Aeromatrix for the limited purpose of helping the company with its statutory compliances in India and some other petty day-to-day matters,” Khaitan said.

Meanwhile,the Indian Air Force has said that it has no records that Sanjeev Kumar Tyagi,who has been identified as a former air force officer in the Italian police report,has ever served with it.

The Italian report,however,does name Tyagi as one of the three Indians whose names figure in the chargesheet and has records of his conversations and meetings with Haschke. The report names him as a former IAF pilot who is now a Delhi-based businessman.

Best of Express Premium
New car insurance plan: Premium based on usage, driving behaviourPremium
UPSC Key-July 6, 2022: Why to read ‘Social Media Intermediaries’ or ‘Hybr...Premium
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Maulana Azad show how to deal with hurt religious...Premium
Across democracies, supreme courts’ legitimacy, autonomy are under ...Premium

Sources,however,indicate that Tyagi did join the air force academy and train to be a pilot but may not have been actually commissioned into the air force.

He is believed to be very close to several senior air force officers.

No agents,says AgustaWestland

In a press statement issued Saturday,AgustaWestland said it had “never appointed,formally or informally,Guido Haschke or Christian Michel as its agents and/ or intermediaries” in the chopper deal.

While stating that the company “has been informed on the preliminary investigations by the public prosecutors of the court of Naples”,the statement said that the investigations are at “preliminary stage”.

Express Explained Go beyond the news. Understand the headlines with our Explained stories

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest News Archive News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement