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6 pm Feb 26, 2013

What awaits next in the AgustaWestland chopper case

A preliminary enquiry (PE) has been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland 101 helicopter deal. Sources say that former Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) SP Tyagi and his cousins Julie Tyagi and Dosca Tyagi have been named in the CBI PE. Discuss the matter with CNN-IBN's national bureau chief Bhupendra Chaubey.
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  • Do people really bothered about all these scams which are found out everyday? Today Agusta,yesterday Coal,2G and tomorrow something else?? Asked by: Akash
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Hopefully they do bother. It just shows the extent of corruption. The more people talk about this, the more it becomes apparent that govt has been unable to crack down.
  • Is it fair on the part of India to demand from Cameron an proper investigation when it was the fault of Indian authorities to track down on scam Asked by: Manav
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Cameron has to answer as the man who made the maximum money, christian Michel is based out of UK.
  • Your channel's team was in Italy can you elaborate on whether they were able to get better inputs from Italian authorities or from Indian authorities and politicians like CBI Asked by: Manush
  • Bhupendra Chaubey hi Manush, must admit, India is a far easier place to do journalism. We did get to speak to the lawyer for one of the accused and the prosecutor who prepared the report, but frankly a lot of material in this entire matter is coming from India itself.
  • Why is media saying that defence procurements involve middleman when all deals involving US like retail, FDI, financial liberalisation involve lobbying with US govt spending millions of dollars to get the deals through and even passing of bills in parliament Asked by: Sanjay
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Lobbying in india isn't a legally acceptable activity. Hence the difference
  • Is India facing the downsides of liberalisation that everywhere it has to face middleman like in Walmart or in this case so does that mean middleman will take vital decisions in place on common man in India Asked by: Shailesh
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Middlemen mushroom when government finds it difficult to make laws which can be adhere to by all. It's not to do with liberalization as much as it's to do with our inability to implement laws well
  • On the one hand govt wants people to save power bills and use basic things like water and food judiciously and on the other end it indulges such type of extravagance and corruption Asked by: Sanjay
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Whether corruption happened or not is something which still has to be investigated. We need to be Sure of the level at the wrongdoing, if committed, really happened. At the moment, all we have is an Italian probe
  • Can huge expenditure on such deals for few individuals who already get huge security be justified when soldiers at border fight without basic equipment so such show off be acceptable for India Asked by: Arvind
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Fair question. It seems our vvip culture will always be a difficult to control
  • Had Italian authorities not made arrest the case would have gone unnoticed in India, so does that make case for strong CAG and Lokpal in India as on some other occassion these bureaucrats and politicians would have have been arrested and extradited to Italy Asked by: Arvind
  • Bhupendra Chaubey But even the Italian probe report isn't really a water tight report. It does leave several loopholes. There is a lot of innuendo and assumptions which have been used in the report to come to certain conclusions
  • The answer is 25 year of court battle as it normally happens with congress in the forefront My question is does the media belive in the theory of no POLTICAL PERSON is involved if why if yes who ? Asked by: banukk
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Media is investigating matters and is looking for clues. At the moment, it looks as though there is a political angle, but unclear which direction its headed in. Incidentally, there is a debate tomorrow in rajya sabha on this
  • What is DRDO doing these days as it has good budget and still army has to import its vital needs from countries like US which charge exorbitantly and grease the political machinery top to bottom by bribes and kickbacks Asked by: Shailesh
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Last year, I had broken a big story around corruption in drdo. There was a secret audit that was done at the instance of mr Antony himself which posed several questions against drdo. But no one was willing to take note of it. I hope that after the chopper gate scandal, people will also be forced to look what's gone wrong with drdo
  • Do you think Mr Antony can disown the responsibility of this fraud? Asked by: prathapvp
  • Bhupendra Chaubey Mr antonys nick name in political circles is st Antony. But his problem has been that in the garb of protecting his turf against corruption, he has created so many problems that there is hardly any work that's been done in the defense acquisition sector. On one hand, state of drdo leaves a lot to be desired. On the other, political class has failed to tackle corruption
  • How can it be possible that ministers like Antony and Manmohan Singh who are known to keep their low profile always get away with only bureaucrats and middleman get implicated so where is the accountability of the govt Asked by: Ravi
  • Bhupendra Chaubey The defence procurement country in our system is such,that there is a lot of scope for middlemen to enter the rings. That's why they make hay. The accountability ultimately of course rests with the political executive
  • Do you feel that recent blast and rail budget are a distraction and govt will be able to get away with it lightly as oppn has lost vigour to fight for the cause strongly and this will be just another scam going with criminals getting away Asked by: Hitesh
  • Bhupendra Chaubey What hasn't come out in this scam so far, is the name of a really big political fish. The day that happens, rest assured, opposition will train it's guns much more sharply. What we need is an unbiased investigation
  • Can it be accepted that only army chief and his relatives working as middleman are involved in the scam and politicians are all innocent. Is there any possiblity that govt is trying to defend its ministers like in telecom and other scams Asked by: Manav
  • Bhupendra Chaubey At this point of time, unfair to say even the air force chief or his relatives were actually involved. All we have is a prosecutors report from Italy. Unless it's investigated at our end, not possible to say what transpired

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