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CBI Files Charge Sheet In AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper Scam

Former IAF Chief S P Tyagi was today charge sheeted by the CBI in a Delhi Court along with nine others in connection with a bribery case in the 3,500 crore rupees AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

72-year old Tyagi is the first chief of the Indian Air Force to be charge sheeted in a corruption or a criminal case by the CBI. Besides him, the agency has also charge sheeted retired Air Marshal J S Gujral along with eight others, including five foreign nationals.

The court has fixed September 6 to peruse the charge sheet in which the Anglo-Italian company, AgustaWestland, is also one of the accused. 

Others named in the charge sheet are Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev alias Julie, advocate Gautam Khaitan, alleged European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Michel James, Guido Haschke, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini and former Finmeccanica Chairman Giuseppe Orsi.

Tyagi, who had retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev and Khaitan were arrested on December 9 last year by CBI in the case. These accused are currently on bail. This is the first charge sheet in the case by the CBI which came three years after it registered an FIR in 2013.

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