New Delhi, Jun 27 UNI | 1 month ago

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan was today questioned by the CBI in connection with its probe into allegations of bribery in the VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian defence manufacturer.

A CBI official told UNI that the agency recorded Mr Narayanan's statement as a witness as a part of its investigation into alleged Rs 360-crore kickbacks paid in the deal that was scrapped by the government in December last year.

Mr Narayanan was the National Security Adviser in 2005 when Indian officials decided to amend technical specifications for the 12 helicopters the UPA government wanted to buy for use by the Prime Minister and President among others VVIPS.

The CBI had said it wanted to record the statements of Mr Narayanan, who was the then National Security Adviser, and Goa Governor BV Wanchoo, who was the then head of elite Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding the Prime Minister.

In March last year, the CBI registered a criminal case under India's anti-corruption laws and named Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland as targets of its probe.

The agency has said four firms and 12 individuals, including former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, are being investigated.

(Posted on 27-06-2014)