AugustaWestland Case: ED Tried To Dilute Probe?

| } May 5 , 2016 , 11:00 IST
[caption id="attachment_186455" align="aligncenter" width="700"]ED-tyagi Image: ANI/ Twitter[/caption] In yet another twist in the controversial AugustaWestland Scam, it has emerged that the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the money trail of the deal, was not keen on keen in probing the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. According to a report in the Times of India, the ED officials sat on the AugustaWestland case for seven months after receiving a copy of CBI's FIR in December 2013. Also, the then top brass of the agency recommended that the probe be conducted under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 violations. Meanwhile, ED will question former air chief SP Tyagi in connection with the controversial scam today. Tyagi arrived at the ED office in New Delhi at around 10:30 AM. The department (ED) issued a summon against Tyagi and his cousins on Tuesday. ED, which has been probing the money laundering angle in the case, has summoned cousins of Tyagi after his round of questioning is over besides realty firm Emaar MGF's boss Shravan Gupta. Gupta's name cropped up after it was found that the alleged middleman Guido Haschke was an independent director of the firm between September to December 2009. In its charge sheet filed last year in a court, ED had claimed to have detected flow of alleged kickbacks sent from abroad to companies of the accused Gautam Khaitan and cousin brothers of the former IAF chief. The ED claimed that "besides these two remittances, the Tyagi brothers including the then IAF Chief Tyagi, also received some amount of cash from Haschke and Gerosa." The ED probe found that the alleged middlemen Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, in collusion with the Tyagi brothers Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep "managed to make inroads in IAF through Air Chief Marshal Tyagi and thereby could influence and subvert the consistent stand of IAF regarding mandatory service ceiling of the helicopters." (With PTI Inputs)