CBI arrests former IAF chief SP Tyagi in AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal

Photo of former IAF chief S P Tyagi.

New Delhi: The Central Beauro of Investigation (CBI) today arrested former Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi and two of his other associate to questioned him for his involvement in corruption worth Rs 3,600 crore Agusta Westland VVIP choppers deal case.

The former IAF chief Tyagi, got retired in 2007 and was questioned by the CBI widely in the past related to this case.

Tyagi was arrested by the CBI today in New Delhi along with his cousin Sanjiv alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan.

According to official sources, “This is for first time a former IAF chief has been arrested by the central probe agency.”

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On January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

To gather more leads and evidences in this case the CBI had also got issued Letters Rogatory (judicial requests).

The CBI will present all three of them in court on Tuesday. It is believed that Tyagi has taken bribe in the dealing of VVIP chopper deal.

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