AgustaWestland: With Indian money trail unclear, CBI pins hope on lie detector test
New Delhi, June 18: The Central Bureau of Investigation will approach the court seeking to undertake lie detector tests on the accused persons. While the investigations do provide information on how the middlemen had received the money, the trail into India does lack clarity.
Both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate are probing the kickbacks received by Indians.
The accused persons including the Tyagi brothers have been evasive during the questioning. This has been the case where the other accused too are concerned. Hence we are approaching the court to seek permission to conduct a lie detector test, the CBI official informed OneIndia.
Money trail still unclear:
In a chargesheet that was filed by the Enforcement Directorate earlier this week, it named James Christian Michel, the middleman for AgustaWestland. The chargesheet speaks about the 30 million Euros money trail.
While details of how this money was first put into his firm Global Services FZE in two instalments are clear, there is no clarity on the trail to India.
The chargesheet also speaks about the investment made into another company called Media Exim. This money had been invested in property, the chargesheet also states. For the CBI and the ED it is crucial to understand the money trail into India.
The CBI is trying to ascertain how much each of the accused persons had received. According to the chargesheet, Michel was supposed to be paid 42 million Euros, but the amount was later reduced to 30 million euros.
The CBI feels that more information could be obtained if the accused who have been evasive so far are subject to a lie detector test.