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AgustaWestland: CBI says Tyagi received foreign remittances

New Delhi,DEVESH K. PANDEY:The CBI said on Monday that retired Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, a prime accused in the AgustaWestland bribery case, received foreign remittances in his bank account in 2009.

Former Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi arriving at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.

“The agency questioned him about the overseas remittances. He has been asked to furnish details of the transactions under scrutiny,” said a CBI official.

Amount not divulged
The official, however, refused to divulge the amount involved and whether Mr. Tyagi offered any explanation during the questioning.

Mr. Tyagi retired in 2007 and the agency has so far identified four companies he set up in Noida after retirement.

He was also a 50 per cent partner in a consultancy firm run by his cousins, who too were accused in the case.

The CBI also questioned Praveen Bakshi of IDS Infotech and Pratap Agarwal of Aeromatrix Info Soultions Pvt. Ltd to determine the nature of work they executed for AgustaWestland under engineering contracts. They have been summoned again, along with accused lawyer Gautam Khaitan, on Tuesday.

Investigating agencies have found that alleged middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke received € 24.06 million in IDS Tunisia from AgustaWestland, of which €3.88 million was transferred to Aeromatrix between January 2010 and October 2012 and €1.88 million to IDS Infotech between November 2008 and December 2009. The remaining amount was retained by IDS Tunisia and transferred to various entities abroad using fake or inflated invoices.

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