Monday, February 17, 2014

CBI starts fresh questioning of Tyagi brothers

The interrogation follows allegations by ‘middleman’ Guido Haschke that he had paid money to them

NEW DELHI CBI has started fresh questioning of the cousins of former IAF chief SP Tyagi in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal. The interrogation is being done in light of claims by alleged middleman Guido Haschke that he had paid money to them.

Sources said the agency recently questioned Sanjeev alias Julie, Rajeev alias Docsa and Sandeep in connection with the claims made by Haschke.

“What I told CBI is that we have absolutely nothing to do with the deal and all supporting documents have been given to the CBI,” Sanjeev Tyagi told PTI when asked to comment on his examination. “We are cooperating with CBI and went to them every time we were called,” he said.

“The CAG report and Ministry of Defence release on the VVIP helicopter deal last year clearly refutes the charges levelled against us by CBI,” he added.

Sources said Haschke, who was questioned first by Defence Ministry officials and then by CBI, had told the probe agency that money was paid to the Tyagi brothers for the engineering works and meeting other administrative requirements in India.

Arrested in Switzerland in September last year and later extradited to Italy to face trial, Haschke has denied that he had ever met the former IAF Chief or handed over any money to him to clear the VVIP helicopter deal in favour of AgustaWestland.

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