Agusta Westland: SP Tyagi accuses Manmohan Singh for scam
New Delhi: Former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, who was on Saturday sent to four-day custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till December 14 for his alleged involvement in the Agusta Westland helicopter deal worth Rs 3,767 crore, blamed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office for the scam.
The former IAF chief claimed in the court that the PM's office had directed about the changed in the height of the ceiling of the VVIP helicopters.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh permitted the CBI to interrogate Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi aka Julie Tyagi and a Delhi-based lawyer, Gautam Khaitan till December 14.
With his arrest on Friday in involvement with the scam, Tyagi became the first chief of any of the wings of the armed forces to be arrested in the country. He and others are blamed of practicing irregularities in the procurement of 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers from Agusta Westland, a Britain-based company.
The ex-IAF chief was brought to the Patiala House court on Saturday, where the CBI sought for 10-day remand of Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev and lawyer Gautam Khaitan for detailed questioning.
Earlier on Friday, the CBI questioned him for four hours before arresting him, Sanjeev and Khaitan. These were the first arrests in the Agusta Westland VVIP chopper deal.