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CBI registers PE in chopper deal

Posted on Feb 25, 06:31PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 25 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in the AugustaWestland chopper deal.

The probe agency has named former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and his cousins Julie Tyagi and Dosca Tyagi in its PE, media reports said.

A CBI team that returned from Italy last week said it has enough documents to probe the matter.

"CBI sources say that documents from Italy clearly show that middlemen have paid money. The sources add that the investigation will also reveal other names who may have been involved in the deal too," CNN-IBN reported.

British Prime Minister David Cameron last week assured Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cooperation in the AugustaWestland chopper scandal.

Both Singh and Cameron discussed the issue during their meeting in New Delhi on Feb 19, they said in a joint press briefing.

The Indian PM said he conveyed to Cameron the very serious concerns regarding allegations about unethical means used in securing the 2010 contract for Agusta Westland helicopters.

The Italian prosecutors, who named former Air Force chief SP Tyagi as a part of the alleged payment of kickbacks in the Rs 3600 crore purchase deal of VVIP choppers by India from AugustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy's Finmeccanica, earlier said they have enough evidence against Tyagi for framing the charges.

There are allegations of kickbacks worth 50 million euros in the scam, according to media reports.