An Italian court on Tuesday said that there was reasonable belief that corruption took place in the 2010 VVIP helicopter deal and also revealed that former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi was involved.
According to a report in Economic Times, the court told it was validly proven that a part of $10-15 million in illicit funds made their way to Indian officials. The leading daily accessed 225-page judgement released by the Milan Court. The released judgement has a separate 17-page chapter on Tyagi that explained the grounds on which the conclusion on the corruption was made.
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ET reports that court observed, "The destination — at least partial — of the illicit funding to the payment of the price of corruption of Marshal Shashi Tyagi for his intervention in favour of AgustaWestland for the VVIP helicopters competition is validly proven."
According to reports, it is likely that the CBI will close the probe into the alleged kickbacks in the AgustaWestland deal.
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Adding more drama to the story, reports are doing the rounds that an Italian court has given a clean chit to the ex-Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi.
However, the question still remains that how relevant these charges were and what will be the guidelines that need to be followed by the defence ministry in international dealings.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu assured the member that he would bring the matter to the notice of the Defence Minister.