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VVIP chopper scam: CBI charges former IAF chief SP Tyagi, nine others

SP Tyagi

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday filed a chargesheet against former IAF chief SP Tyagi and nine others in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.

The chargesheet was filed before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar also named the others including Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the Rs 450 crore chopper deal bribery case.

CBI had alleged that Khaitan was the “brain” behind how the bribe money reached India and several firms, through which the money travelled, came into existence and that Sanjeev was known to alleged European middleman Carlo Gerosa, as per sources.

71-year old Tyagi, who had retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev and Khaitan were arrested on December 9 by the agency in connection with the case. These accused are currently on bail.

On January 1, 2014, the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland was cancelled by India after allegations of breach in contractual obligations surfaced. Kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore were allegedly paid for securing the deal to supply 12 AW101 VVIP choppers to the IAF.

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