Indian officials are ‘morons’, will take years to track links, middlemen said

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The alleged middlemen in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal bragged that even if Indian investigators probed their role, they would find no money trail as the payments were made in cash, and that they would not be able to identify Sanjeev Kumar Tyagi as the person behind the affair, taped conversations that are part of an Italian judicial report reveal.

In a conversation between business partners Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, the name of Tyagi — a Delhi-based businessman who is also known as Julie — comes up as the duo talk about payments being made in cash for the 2010 deal to procure 12 VVIP helicopters, and brag that Indian prosecutors would never be able to prove the corruption.

A part of the 568-page report records Gerosa as saying that "the only one who is safe from judicial consequence is Julie as they (Indian investigators) are morons and that there is no link".

Tyagi, who claims to be a former Air Force officer but was not actually commissioned into the Force, is a Delhi-based consultant with an office in the city's upmarket Ferozeshah Road area. He is believed to be active in the government sector, particularly power.

The following conversation that was recorded on March 1 between Haschke and Gerosa:

Haschke: The important (thing) is that my name does not leak.

Gerosa: Eh mine too. You are the first ring.

H: Understood.

G: If the first rings breaks I also come into the picture.

H: Let's try to avoid that the first rings breaks, first of all!

G: We all agree.

H: And in the meantime we go on with the job.

G: The only one who has no risks is Julie, because we are those in the front.

G: There is really no link there because, I mean... cash.

... contd.

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