The agency has also sent a request to the Ministry of External Affairs to help expedite the process of gathering information through the Letters Rogatory sent to seven countries. “We have received all details from Italy,”said a CBI official.
“Retired Air Marshal N.V. Tyagi will be questioned on Thursday to ascertain whether he was part of procurement process of the helicopters when he was Air Vice Marshal,” said a CBI official here on Wednesday, adding that the retired Air Chief will be summoned again as and when required.
It was during the tenure of S.P. Tyagi that the Indian Air Force, which was earlier vehemently opposing the move for reducing the service ceiling of helicopters from 6,000 to 4,500 metres, agreed to go ahead with the changes in the mandatory operational requirement.
The retired Air Chief Marshal — who is to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday — has been accused of amending the specifications, which allowed AgustaWestland to bid for the deal. According to the agency, the company’s product had earlier been rejected in 2002.
The former Air Marshal retired as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff in January 2011. The CBI has found that he headed Plans Branch at the Air Headquarters that deals with perspective planning, financial planning and capital acquisition of major equipment for the Air Force.
On Wednesday, the CBI also questioned accused lawyer Gautam Khaitan who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate last year on charges of helping alleged middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa set up shell companies to route funds from AgustaWestland for kickbacks.