Money came through bogus engineering contracts, says Italian probe

AgustaWestland

ORSI and SPAGNOLINI, first, paid HASCHKE and GEROSA, through a consultancy contract between AW spa and Gordian Services Sarl (a company which is attributable to them), an amount of 400.000 euros, of which 100.000 were paid cash to the TYAGI brothers; later, they signed engineering contracts with companies IDS India and IDS Tunisia, to cover up the payment (still underway) of money to pay Indian public officials and the mediators HASCHKE and GEROSA, in an economic operation in which compensations for mediations were not allowed.

ORSI and SPAGNOLINI, moreover, paid MICHEL Christian a total amount of about 30 million, partly destined to support the corruptive activity meant to bag the order and partly to implement the contract.

The Italian police has said several Indians, including former Air Chief S P Tyagi, as facing allegations of corruption in the Rs 3,546 crore VVIP chopper deal.

Allegations made are that Tyagi tweaked certain requirements to enable Italian helicopter firm AugustaWestland procure the deal to sell 12 helicopters for the travel of VVIPs in India. The other contender had quoted a price almost third the value of the AugustaWestland deal.

AugustaWestland chief Guiseppe Orsi and two middlemen were arrested yesterday in Italy on charges of accepting bribes to swing the deal in India. Allegations are that part of the 51-million dollar pay-off went to S P Tyagi.

The Indian Express had reported earlier that Tyagi's relative Sanjeev Kumar (Julie) Tyagi was named by Itlian prosecutors as involved in the deal whose tender was floated in December 2006. Tyagi was then heading the Air Force.

S P Tyagi is a first cousin of Julie, a Delhi-based businessman. He is one of three Indians being

probed for suspected corruption in the Rs 3,546 crore deal.

The retired officer had confirmed to the paper that he was related to Julie but said they had no business links.

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