Anatomy of AgustaWestland helicopter deal

The petition contended that the CBI was apparently controlled by the government and hence there will be manipulations if it solely investigated the matter. Sharma also pointed out that the deal was cleared by the Finance Ministry, then headed by Pranab Mukherjee, who is now the President.

"Action has been taken in Italy on the VVIP helicopter scam. The CEO of the company has been arrested. But no action has been taken here. The country which would have benefited from the deal has taken action while the country which lost money has not done anything," said the petition.

Citing the Bofors probe, the petition raised the "apprehension" of the CBI investigation getting scuttled by extraneous factors and so requested the court for appointing an SIT, coupled with a judicial scrutiny.

The PIL demanded directives for quashing the 2010 contract with Finmeccanica Italy for the supply of 12 AW101 helicopters. ENS

From the Italian probe report

"They promised and managed to pay, through brothers Juli Tyagi, Docsa Tyagi and Sandeep Tyagi, a certain amount of money, not yet quantified, to Marshal Tyagi Shashi, Chief of Staff in the Indian Air Force from 2004 to 2007 a public officer or anyway in charge of functions and activities equivalent to those of a public officer in India to perform and to have performed a deed against his office duties."

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