Delhi court summons ex-IAF chief in chopper scandal case

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday issued summons to former IAF chief SP Tyagi and others in a money laundering case related to the Rs3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar asked Tyagi, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini, and Giuseppe Orsi, former chief of Italian defence and aerospace major Finmeccanica, and others to appear before it on September 12.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) last week filed a supplementary charge sheet in the chopper deal case against 34 individuals and foreign and Indian companies, including Tyagi, his two cousins, advocate Gautam Khaitan and Italians Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke.

The charge sheet, which mentions money laundering of around 28 million euros, named Orsi, Bruno, Tyagi’s cousins Sanjeev Tyagi and Rajiv Tyagi along with Rajeev Saxena, Director of Dubia-based firm Matrix Holdings, his wife Shivani Saxena and Khaitan’s wife Ritu Khaitan.

The ED said kickbacks were paid by AgustaWestland through two different channels — one handled by middleman Christian Michel James and the other by Gerosa and Haschke. The CBI has already filed a charge sheet in the case. On Jan 1, 2014, India cancelled a contract with AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF.