In what seems to be a shocking development the CBI have arrested Former Air Chief SP Tyagi who was accused of colluding with Christian Michel James in connection with the AugustaWestland Scam. Apart from SP Tyagi, Gautam Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi have also been arrested by the CBI.

Earlier this June, The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the VVIP chopper deal, has told a Delhi special court that middleman Christian Michel allegedly received 30 million euros as kickbacks and sent cash packets to various people through his driver and regularly met Indian individuals, including cousins of former IAF chief S P Tyagi, while brokering the deal.

According to the ED, Michel also bought and sold a string of properties in Delhi which included a farmhouse in Chhatarpur and a showroom at the DLF Emporio mall in Vasant Kunj.

These details form part of a 74-page prosecution complaint (supplementary charge sheet) filed last week against Michel, his company Media Exim Pvt Ltd and its two directors R K Nanda and J B Subramaniyam in connection with the 3,600-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal. The ED is probing a case of money laundering with regard to the deal and has already filed a chargesheet against lawyer Gautam Khaitan.

The charge sheet names individuals whom Michel met at his Delhi residence and Hyatt and Imperial hotels in about 50-60 visits. These include “Raju Santhanam, R K Nanda, Robin Thalia, Sameer Pandey, Prabhat Kumar, Maj Gen S C N Jatar, Chris, Mark and Peter”. According to the ED, the last three were once ferried by Michel’s driver to Sanjeev Tyagi’s bungalow in Sainik Farms — Sanjeev Tyagi is former IAF chief S P Tyagi’s cousin.

During 1st December 2016, A Central Bureu of investigation had issued fresh non-bailable warrants (NBW) against British national Christian Michel James in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper scam. The court also issued summons against a company and two other accused in the Rs 3,600 crore deal.

The court said there is prima facie sufficient evidence suggesting the involvement of the accused in the case