AgustaWestland Helicopter deal: Probe says former IAF Chief S P Tyagi took bribe

Feb 13 2013, 12:10 IST
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AgustaWestland Helicopter deal: Probe says former IAF Chief Tyagi took bribe. AgustaWestland Helicopter deal: Probe says former IAF Chief Tyagi took bribe.
SummaryFinmeccanica: Former ACM S P Tyagi was allegedly instrumental in swinging the VVIP chopper deal.

as the other major middleman in the deal. It alleges that Michel was paid a "total amount of about 30 million euros, partly destined to support the corrupt activity meant to bag the order and partly to implement the contract".

The report discusses the Indian contract in detail and alleges that technical requirements were tweaked to ensure that the Italian chopper qualifies. As first reported by The Indian Express, the service ceiling requirements for the contract were changed by the Defence ministry before the tenders were issued in 2006, giving AgustaWestland a chance to qualify.

"Haschke and Gerosa, through the Tyagi brothers, in turn through their cousin Shashi Tyagi managed first to change the tender details, in a favourable way to AgustaWestland, modifying the 'operational ceiling' from 18,000 ft to 15,000 ft of altitude, thus allowing AgustaWestland (which otherwise could not have even submitted an offer) to take part in the tender," the report says.

It alleges that the flight trials were also tweaked. The trials were conducted after Tyagi retired in 2007.

"Then they managed to introduce a comparative flight trial with non-functional engine, thus facilitating AgustaWestland helicopters, the only ones which had three engines. In this way, they managed to get the contract to AgustaWestland," the report says.

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