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Mar 07, 2013 at 12:08pm IST

AgustaWestland chopper deal: CBI grills Aeromatrix ex-director Gautam Khaitan

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday questioned former Director of Aeromatrix Gautam Khaitan in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case. Khaitan was questioned in connection with his links to middlemen in the chopper deal.

Khaitan was questioned about his relations to Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa as Khaitan's name always cropped up during conversations between the alleged middlemen.

Meanwhile, the CBI will question former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and his cousins for a second day on Thursday in connection with the Agustawestland chopper scandal. A preliminary inquiry report was filed last week which named 12 people.

The CBI also questioned his cousins Julie and Docsa Tyagi on Wednesday. The questioning is to continue on Thursday as well. The questioning follows an Italian probe report that alleged that defence major Finmeccanica paid kickbacks to the Tyagi brothers to clinch the deal.

Tyagi, who is the first ever Air Chief Marshal in the history of the Indian Air Force to face a CBI probe, reached the agency headquarters at around 3 pm and was quizzed for nearly four hours. His cousins including Julie and Docsa Tyagi reached the CBI office at around 11.30 am and faced a number of questions about their alleged association with European middlemen - Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschkhe. They were also brought face to face with the former Air Chief, sources said.

The former Air Chief denied all the allegations against him and contended that laid down procedures were followed for the deal for 12 VVIP helicopters, the sources said. During questioning, he also claimed that no illegal gratification was received by him in the deal and that he never tried to influence it, they said.