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Mar 13, 2013 at 03:42pm IST

AgustaWestland chopper deal: CBI files FIR against Air Force ex-chief SP Tyagi, 11 others

New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday filed an FIR against 12 people including former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and his cousins Julie and Docsa in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case. The FIR names four firms and 12 people.

The CBI has registered a regular case in the VVIP chopper deal under Sections 120 and 420 of the IPC and under certain sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI also carried out searches at 14 locations in Delhi, NCR and Chandigarh in connection with the case.

The CBI team also raided SP Tyagi's residence after it filed an FIR against him.

Sources had earlier said SP Tyagi's cousins - Sanjeev and Docsa Tyagi - were involved in defence deals in India and not power projects as they have been claiming. Sources said kickbacks were paid to the Tyagi brothers through fake engineering contracts in Mauritius and Tunisia

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan and businessman Parveen Bakshi of Aeromatrix allegedly routed bribe money to the Tyagis, sources said. They also say that during interrogation, SP Tyagi named late Brajesh Mishra and the Special Protection Group (SPG) for recommending change in tender conditions. Sources add that Tyagi, his cousins, Gautam Khaitan and Parveen Bakshi will be booked under charges of cheating and bribery. '

Sources said that the CBI is basing its investigations on the Italian probe report into the Finmeccanica deal. Alleged middleman Haschke has confessed to the police to have met SP Tyagi six-seven times. However, Tyagi has denied meeting Haschke. Another alleged middleman Christian Michel allegedly promised to transfer 'huge amount of money' through Tyagi cousins to SP Tyagi.

The allegations against the Tyagi cousins - Juli, Docsa and Sandeep - are also based on the Italian probe report. Haschke and Gerosa were allegedly commissioned specifically to use the brothers to help swing the deal and 400,000 Euros were paid as commission to each middleman, out of which 100,000 Euros allegedly went to the Tyagis.