Chopper deal: CBI quizzes former Air Force chief S. P. Tyagi's brothers

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 12:40 hrs

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned the brothers of former Air Force chief S. P. Tyagi in connection with the Rs. 3600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The CBI, which has so far named 11 people, including the former Air Force and his three cousins, in its preliminary enquiry into the AgustaWestland deal for 12 VVIP helicopters last week received a fresh set of documents from the Ministry of Defence related to the deal.

The CBI team had registered the preliminary enquiry on the basis of some important documents obtained from the Italian probe agencies into the alleged payment of kickbacks by AgustaWestland in India to bag the deal, and a full-fledged case would be registered once the it finds sufficient evidence.

The Defence Ministry had earlier threatened to cancel the deal and sought a CBI probe after the CEO of AgustaWestland's parent company, Finmeccanica, was arrested in Italy for paying bribes. 

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