Thursday, May 2, 2013

Agusta Westland Chopper SCAM: Bank accounts of ex-IAF chief Tyagi, others frozen

New Delhi:The CBI has frozen bank accounts of former IAF chief S P Tyagi and other Indians named as accused for allegedly receiving kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal. Sources said on Tuesday that “certain bank accounts of all the Indian accused” named in the FIR had been frozen.

Bank accounts of Indian companies named in the alleged scam — Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt Ltd and IDS Infotech — have already been frozen by the agency.

Sources said bank accounts of Tyagi’s cousins — Sanjeev alias Julie, Rajeev alias Docsa and Sandeep — were frozen as part of the investigation. Other Indians named in the FIR, whose accounts were frozen, include former Union minister Santosh Bagrodia’s brother Satish Bagrodia, who is also chairman of IDS Infotech, the company’s managing director Pratap Aggarwal, Aeromatrix CEO Praveen Bakshi and legal advisor Gautam Khaitan, sources said.

CBI has booked all the accused under provisions of the IPC relating to cheating and criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Tyagi is the first IAF chief to be named in a corruption or criminal case by the CBI.

The agency has alleged that during his tenure as IAF chief, Tyagi, and “with his approval” the IAF, “conceded to reduce the service ceiling for VVIP helicopters from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres”.

“Haschke Guido and Gerosa Carlo (middlemen) managed to send €5.6 million through Mohali-based IDS Infotech and Chandigarh-based Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt Ltd to India and kept the remaining amount, out of about €24.30 million received from AgustaWestland, with themselves in the account of IDS Tunisia,” the FIR said.

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