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VVIP chopper scam: CBI arrests former Air Chief S P Tyagi

By Vicky

The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested former Air Chief S P Tyagi in connection with the VVIP chopper scam. The CBI said that the arrest was made on the charge that Tyagi and others had accepted illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt or illegal means.

Apart from Tyagi, the CBI also arrested Delhi based lawyer Gautam Khaitan and Sanjeev Tyagi.


The CBI says that Tyagi was allegedly part of the discussions that led to the change in technical specifications for the chopper. The CBI feels that this change in technical specifications was an influenced decision.

[Also Read: Ex IAF chief Tyagi questioned by ED]

The deal was rejected in 2002 as the choppers were unable to fly at 6,000 metres. However in 2005 the same was revised to 4,500 metres. Tyagi had told the CBI that the decision was taken in consultation with officials in the PMO and also the Special Protection Group.

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