For­mer air chief SP Tyagi ar­rested in chop­per scam


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NEW DELHI: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) on Friday ar­rested for­mer In­dian Air Force chief SPTyagi, his­cousin­San­jeev alias Julie, and lawyer Gau­tam Khai­tan for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing bribes in a

3,727-crore deal aimed at buy­ing Agus­taWest­land chop­pers for fer­ry­ing govern­ment dig­ni­taries.

This is the first time a re­tired ser­vice chief has been ar­rested in In­dia’s mil­i­tary his­tory.

Sources­saidallthree­w­ere­called forques­tioningonFri­day,and­later ar­restedafterthey“re­fused­to­co­op­er­ate” with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. They will be pro­duced be­fore a court on Satur­day, and the CBI is ex­pected to seek their re­mand for cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

The ar­rests came nearly In 2010, UPA govt signs a Rs3,727-crore con­tract with UK-based Agus­taWest­land to buy 12 AW101 chop­pers for IAF

three years after In­dia scrapped the con­tract for 12 AW-101 VVIP chop­pers fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion.

Six com­pa­nies — Italy based Fin­mec­ca­nica, its UK-based sub­sidiary Agus­taWest­land, Mo­hal­ibased IDS In­fotech, Chandi­garhbased Aero­ma­trix, IDS Tu­nisia

and IDS Mau­ri­tius — also fig­ured in the re­port. In­ves­ti­ga­tions gath­ered pace after an Ital­ian court of ap­peals pointed fin­gers at 71-yearold Tyagi in April 2016, ob­serv­ing that there were “un­mis­tak­able in­di­ca­tions of cor­rup­tion” by an In­dian of­fi­cer.

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