CBI Forms SIT To Probe VVIP Chopper Deal


New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation, on Thursday, formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an Additional Director which will exclusively investigate important cases, like VVIP chopper scam and alleged loan fraud by beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya.

Official sources said the SIT will be headed by Additional Director Rakesh Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.

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The probe into the chopper scam after conviction of former heads of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland by an Italian court changed “the understanding” of the investigating agency regarding the deal which was allegedly clinched after bribing some Indians, the sources said.

The sources said the judgment by the Milan Court of Appeals has “made it clear” that bribes were paid by U.K.-based AgustaWestland.