CBI to Step Up In­ves­ti­ga­tion into Agus­taWest­land Case

Politi­cians and re­tired of­fi­cials among high-pro­file in­di­vid­u­als likely to be grilled as govt de­cides to en­sure all nec­es­sary sup­port to agency to ex­pe­dite its in­quiry

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Bhav­naVij.Aurora @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) is step­ping up its in­ves­tiga­tive ef­forts to nail the ac­cused in the Agus­taWest­land VVIP he­li­copter case, even if that means ques­tion­ing high-pro­file in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing politi­cians and for­mer gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The agency has asked for­mer In­dian Air Force chief SP Tyagi to ap­pear be­fore it on Mon­day. It has also sum­moned deputy chief of air staff, air mar­shal JS Gu­jral, for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the mat­ter on Satur­day. The agency said Gu­jral at­tended a meet­ing in 2005 at which spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the VVIP chop­pers were al­tered.

ET has learnt there is broad con­sen­sus in top gov­ern­ment ech­e­lons that the agency be ex­tended all nec­es­sary sup­port to ex­pe­dite its probe, es­pe­cially since this will also re­quire tak­ing the help of au­thor­i­ties in Italy and other coun­tries. Top CBI of­fi­cials have been in touch with se­nior gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies ever since the or­der of the Mi­lan Court of Appeals, first re-

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