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CBI files chargesheet against former IAF Chief Tyagi in chopper scam

The scam case against former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi was discovered around 4 years back and today the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed its chargesheet against Tyagi. The chargesheet runs into a staggering 30,000 pages and it lists Tyagi and nine others. The nine others who have been chargesheeted include former Air Vice Chief – J S Gujral, S P Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev alias Julie Tyagi, former CEOs of Anglo-Italian firm – AgustaWestland – Guiseppe Orsi and Finmeccanica’s Bruno Spagnolini, three European middleman including main player – Christian Michel, Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, Indian middleman Gautam Khaitan and the Italian company.

It has been mentioned in the chargesheet that Tyagi manipulated various operational requirements that enabled AgustaWestland to get the contract. Tyagi was paid several crores in bribe, around Rs 452 crore, which was routed through various channels across various countries to hide the original source. The overall value of the contract was Rs 3726 crore.  S P Tyagi and Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested in December last year, but at that time, they managed to get out on bail, as the CBI failed to file a chargesheet in time.

Tyagi is also said to have acquired various properties across the globe with the money that he got as bribe. The properties have been acquired by companies that are owned by his cousins, and in which, Tyagi holds stake.

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