AgustaWestland case: CBI to present Tyagi in court today, seek 14-day custody

Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi in AgustaWestland case for channelling funds for the bribe.

Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi in AgustaWestland case for channelling funds for the bribe.

Tyagi was arrested in alleged irregularities in the VVIP chopper deal.

Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi have also been arrested by the CBI. Trio has been arrested on the allegations of accepting illegal gratifications for exercising influence through corrupt means.


The former air chief has been repeatedly questioned on the deal with AgustaWestland, in which bribes were allegedly paid to Indian officials and politicians to influence the contract for a dozen VVIP choppers, reported NDTV.

Tyagi is accused by investigators in Italy and India of helping AgustaWestland,a unit of the Italian defence group Leonardo-Finmeccanica, win the Rs. 3,600 crore chopper contract by tailoring specifications.The deal was cancelled in 2014 after Finmeccanica's then chief executive, Giuseppe Orsi, was arrested on suspicion of paying bribes to secure the order for the helicopters, which were meant to fly senior Indian politicians.


The allegation against the former Air chief is that he allegedly reduced the height of the VVIP helicopters so that AgustaWestland could be included in the bids. However, he has continuously claimed innocence in the case.
He took over as the Indian Air Force chief on December 31, 2005 and retired from service in 2007.


ED had registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act in this regard in 2014 and named 21 people including Tyagi in the FIR. The CBI has filed a complaint against the three men alleging offences including cheating, bribery and money laundering, the official told Reuters.



The arrested men will appear in court on Saturday and formal charges will be drawn up later on.