Saturday, August 25, 2018

VVIP chopper scam: Ex-IAF chief quizzed

New Delhi:  Taking forward its probe in the Rs 3,727 crore VVIP chopper scam, CBI has examined former Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major (retired), who had succeeded SP Tyagi, one of the accused in the scam.

Sources told TOI that Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland remained in the fray for supply of 12 VVIP choppers even after Tyagi retired as the IAF chief in March, 2007. Field evaluation trial (FET) for Sikorsky S-92 helicopter was carried out on two versions of the original helicopter, while AgustaWestland's AW-101 was not used for trial as it was still in the development stage.

Subsequently, CBI probe revealed that the trial on the helicopters of both the companies were supposed to be carried out in India itself. However, it was allowed on a foreign location specified by the companies.
25/08/18 Neeraj Chauhan/Times of India
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