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Feb 07, 2014 at 08:48am IST

Chopper deal: After SP Tyagi, former IAF chief Fali Homi Major in the dock

New Delhi: In a case that is bound to bring the Indian Air Force back in the news for wrong reasons yet again, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major has been named in the infamous, AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam even as the allegations against former IAF chief SP Tyagi are already under probe.

The defence lawyers for AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccanica have brought up the name of former IAF chief Fali Major and claimed that he accepted the hospitality of the company officials in Italy on his trip to the country.

On Wednesday, former senior Vice President of Agusta, Giacomo Saporano had said that former Air chief SP Tyagi had accepted the firm's hospitality in Italy in 2007.

Although the dates mentioned by Saporano showed that it was Fali Major, the then air chief, who was in Italy on those dates and not Tyagi. Finmeccanica's defence lawyers are claiming that Saporano got confused with the names and dates and it was Fali Major who was in Italy on those dates.

Fali Major was the air chief from April 2007 to May 2009 and Finmeccanica lawyers are claiming that he knew more about technical specifications since he is a helicopter pilot and hence was being hosted by the firm.

Meanwhile, Major has admitted that he accepted Finmeccanica's hospitality, but added that it was approved by the Indian High Commission in Italy. Fali also maintained that he was in no way influenced by Finmeccanica.

Former IAF chief SP Tyagi has already been named as an accused in the Italian case. He is also being investigated as an accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has registered a case into the scandal.