UPA government seems to be in a deep trouble over the helicopter deal case, former IAF chief SP Tyagi on Saturday while being questioned by CBI blamed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office for changing the operational requirements of choppers for Indian Air Force’s VVIP squadron favoring AgustaWestland. His direct allegation on former Prime Minister Manmohan would see big names on congress tremble and could face serious legal complication if proven guilty.
A Delhi court here sent former SP Tyagi and others to custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till December 14 in the Rs 3,767-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal case.
In the court, Tyagi claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office under Manmohan Singh had suggested the changes in the height of the ceiling of the VVIP choppers, allegedly allowing Agusta Westland to bag the contract hence pointing finger directly at the man who lead the government for more than a decade and this is a serious allegation on the entire government which has already been involved in a lot of scam during their regime.
The counsel appearing for the former IAF chief claimed in the court that decision to procure VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and Prime Minister Office (PMO) was also a part of it.
“The epicenter of the corruption during the UPA regime was the PMO office and 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi’s residence). Today, S P Tyagi has categorically stated that all the changes in Augusta Westland chopper’s specifications were made at the behest of the PMO office. Manmohan Singh has to explain and clarify on this charge as his office is under attack,” BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.
On January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks of Rs 450 crore by it for securing the deal.