CBI anticipating the Vijay Singh And Sharma's involvement in AgustaWestland Case
By F9 Team : 13-Dec-2016
As the case is progressing, CBI now is anticipating the involvement of former Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and the current Comptroller and Auditor General Shashi Kanth Sharma in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case and is getting ready to question them.
Earlier on Friday, the CBI has conducted arrests of former Indian Air Force Chief S P Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi and businessman-lawyer Gautam Khaitan in relation to the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case.
CBI sources said, Vijay Singh who has been the Defence Secretary during the UPA regime, has come under the CBI radar, and facts are to be found out through questioning of some other officers in the then PMO and SPG.
Regarding the allegations made by the former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry about the Vijay Singh involvement in the AgustaWestland case, Vijay Singh has invalidated them saying, he has been as Defence Secretary from 2007 to 2009 and that the Cabinet has approved the AgustaWestland acquisition after his retirement.
On the other hand, CAG Sharma did not provide any comments to the media questions of his involvement in the AgustaWestland case. However, CBI considers questioning CAG Sharma is very crucial to the investigation of this case, as Sharma has served in several capacities during the period from 2005 and 2013 when he also worked as a Defence Secretary.
In the month of February in 2010, the government of India has signed an agreement with AgustaWestland International for the supply of 12 AW 101 VVIP helicopters at a total price of Rs. 3726.96 crore. However, the agreement with AWIL has been canceled by the Indian government in 2014 saying the pre-contract integrity pact and the agreement were breached.
Meanwhile, CBI sources also confirm that they acquired an evidence to prove that the IAF chief Tyagi has maintained relations with Finmeccanica marketing chief, even after he is retired. And CBI also said that the Tyagi is just ‘a cog in the wheel’.