Choppergate: CBI freezes Tyagi's accounts

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 14:38 hrs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said it has frozen the bank accounts of former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and other accused in connection to the AugustaWestland chopper deal.

The CBI had earlier registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 12 people, including SP Tyagi, in connection to the case.

SP Tyagi´s cousins, Julie Tyagi and Dosca Tyagi, and four firms were named in the FIR.

The CBI had registered the FIR under sections 120 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and certain sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI also conducted searches at 14 places in Delhi, National Capital Region (NCR) and Chandigarh besides questioning SP Tyagi and his cousins in connection to the scam.

The Italian prosecutors, who named SP Tyagi as a part of the alleged payment of kickbacks in the Rs 3600 crore purchase deal of VVIP choppers by India from Anglo-Italian helicopter company AugustaWestland, earlier said they have enough evidence against him for framing the charges.

There are allegations of kickbacks worth 50 million euros in the scam, according to media reports.

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