VVIP helicopter scam: Former Air Chief Tyagi appears before CBI

| Monday, May 2, 2016 - 13:36
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VVIP scam: CBI quizzes former Air Chief Tyagi

New Delhi: After issuing summons to Former Air Chief Tyagi, a prime accused in the AgustaWestland (AW)VVIP chopper deal case, the CBI on Monday questioned the former Airforce officer.
Tyagi told the agency, a series of meeting was held with Agusta officials. It is learnt that Partners Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, the alleged middlemen in the AgustaWestland deal, had built a complex maze of companies to route bribes to India. 
Haschke and Carlo Gerosa revealed they have met Tyagi atleast on 6-7 occasions. During this period, AgustaWestland bagged the contract and SP Tyagi got promoted from vice chief to air chief marshall, claim sources. Incidentally, the verdict of the Milan Appellate Court says that former IAF chief SP Tyagi met several AW officials in the presence of his cousins when he was the chief.
It is reported that the Tyagi brothers acted as conduit to get AgustaWestland swung deal in its favour. The meeting started taking place when AgustaWestland was removed from the list of bidders on April 04. Thereafter, both Gerosa and Haschke‎ were approached by AgustaWestland and it's parent company Finemanccia to get the deal.
1st meeting  in early 2004: Finmeccanica representative came to India and met the then Air-Vice Chief,  SP Tyagi.
2nd meeting in 2005 (Jan): In Nov 2004, govt notified Tyagi will be appointed the next chief. Incidentally, Haschke and Carlo Gerosa met him in Delhi.
3rd meeting Feb 2005: Tyagi met Haschke and Carlo Gerosa at an Air Show in Bengaluru where AgustaWestland had put up a stall. A month later, i.e., 7th March 2005, the deal was reportedly swung in AW's favour.
4th meeting: In the last few months of the year 2006, Tyagi, who by now had been appointed the air chief, met Haschke and Carlo Gerosa in his cousin's office and residence in New Delhi. He apparently asked them to send relevant documents to expedite the contract.

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