Agusta Westland Scam: Manmohan Singh Likely To Be Questioned

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New Delhi: Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to be questioned by the CBI if reports are considered to be true, after SP Tyagi blamed PMO’s office for tweaking the deal in favour of Agusta Westland.

A court on Saturday sent former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and others to custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till December 14 in the Rs 3,767-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal case. Tyagi blamed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office for tweaking the deal in favour of AgustaWestland.

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In the court, the former Air Force Chief claimed that the prime minister’s office under Manmohan Singh had suggested the changes in the height of the ceiling of the VVIP choppers.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the CBI to quiz Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi and a Delhi-based lawyer, Gautam Khaitan till December 14.

The first chief of any wing of the armed forces to be arrested in the country, the former IAF chief and the others were allegedly involved in irregularities in the procurement of 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters from Britain-based AgustaWestland.

Former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi was produced at the Patiala House court today. The CBI had demanded a ten-day remand of the former Air Force chief, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi, and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan for detailed questioning.

SP Tyagi was questioned by the CBI on Friday for four hours and was later arrested, along with his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi, and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan.
These were the first arrests in the VVIP chopper deal.

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