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Former ex-IAF Chief SP Tyagi arrested for Rs 3,600-cr alleged role in VVIP Chopper Scam

New Delhi, SP Tyagi: Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the charges of corruption in the ongoing probe into Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal.This deal was done on February 2010. Tyagi took over as the Indian Air Force chief on December 31, 2005, and retired from service in 2007.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in April this year summoned Tyagi in connection with its money-laundering probe in the Rs 3,600 crore.

The was done in February 2010, The Congress led government signed a contract with UK-based AgustaWestland to buy 12 AW101 helicopters for the Indian Air Force for Rs 3,600 crore.

Today, the CBI arrested SP Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagiand, Gautam Khaitan into custody.

There were many middle man involved in this deal like SP Tyagi, his cousins Sanjeev, Rajiv and Sandeep and 10 others, including some European middlemen, were named in an FIR which the Central Bureau of Investigation lodged in March 2013.

During the UPA government the defense minister of UPA, AK Antony had ordered a probe into the case and had said in March 2013. "Yes, corruption has taken place in the helicopter deal and bribes have been taken. The CBI is pursuing the case very vigorously".

In January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF in wake of the breach of contractual obligations and the charges of paying kickbacks worth Rs 423 crore for securing the deal.

The CBI in the initial investigations into the AgustaWestland scam had found that former IAF chief SP Tyagi was indeed bribed by middlemen Christian Michel in 2004-2005 that his cousins were given money.

Gautam Khaitan

Another person arrested in the AgustaWestland deal, , an advocate and a former board member of the Aeromatrix company, which was allegedly used to route the bribes, had accepted that he had set up a shell company to receive money from the aviation firm.