VVIP chopper scam: 'A night at world famous opera for ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi, courtesy AgustaWestland'

This has been revealed in papers that concern the Italian court judgement in the case.

VVIP chopper scam: 'A night at world famous opera for ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi, courtesy AgustaWestland'

New Delhi: Former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, who is in the dock for his alleged involvement in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper kickbacks scam, was on Friday faced with more uncomfortable questions.

As per a report on NDTV, Tyagi was taken to an opera night in Milan by AgustaWestland officials when negotiations were underway for the multi-crore deal.

This has been revealed in papers that concern the Italian court judgement in the case.

The former Air chief has been referred to as "Shashi Tyagi" and "Marshall Tyagi" in Italian court documents.

 

As per the report, Tyagi had met Agusta officials twice while he was the IAF chief.

In 2006, Agusta officials had treated him to an opera night at the world famous Teotro Alla Scala Opera in Milan.

A company official had told the Italian court that expenses for the visit were paid for by Agusta - an year later the company went on to bag the contract to supply 12 VVIP helicopters to India in a deal worth over Rs 3,600 crores.

 

The Italian court, which has convicted top officials of the UK-based AgustaWestland and its parent firm, Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, has stated in its judgement that kickbacks were paid to the former former IAF chief.

The ex-IAF chief has rejected bribery allegations and denied that he had altered chopper specifications to help Agusta bag the contract.

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