CBI files preliminary enquiry: Tyagi, 10 others named in VVIP chopper deal

New Delhi/February 25
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a Preliminary Enquiry against former Chief of Air Staff; SP Tyagi, his cousins, middle man and four companies into alleged kickbacks being paid in Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers’ deal.
A senior CBI official said that the joint team of CBI and ministry of defence have returned from Italy and on the basis of some credible documents, CBI has registered a Preliminary Enquiry to start the probe.
As per the preliminary Enquiry, CBI has named 11 persons and four companies, whose names have came up in the enquiry reports of Italian investigators. As per the report, some Indians have got kickbacks in the deal and former IAF chief and his cousins are named there in the report. Those named in the report are former IAF Chief SP Tyagi, Julie, Dosca and Sandeep, Gautam Khaitan, Pravin Bakshi, Guisseppe Orsi, Bruno Spagnolini, Guido Haschke, Carlo Gerosa and Christian Michel along with four companies – Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Chandigarh based IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix.
CBI official added that there were allegations “that in the procurement process of the Helicopters, some middlemen have influenced the deal in favour of U.K based company. It is also alleged that Italy based company paid commission in terms of several millions of Euros to the middle men. The two middlemen from their share of commission allegedly paid huge sums of money to several Indian Nationals through Tunisia and Mauritius route in the garb of engineering contracts with two India based companies. The two middle men are directors in one of India based private companies, in which one private person works as Chief Operating Officer and he allegedly has a role in channelizing money for illegal purposes.”