Delhi Patiala House Court granted bail to Former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and his brothers in one of India’s biggest defence scams- The Agusta Westland Case filed by Enforcement directorate (ED). The other accused in the case including Carlo Gerosa, GR Heshke have not been granted bail since they did not appear in the court.
Earlier in April this year, Italian court said that there was “reasonable place that corruption took place” in 2010 VVIP helicopter deal and the Former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi was involved in the case. The court also said that it is “validly proven” that a part of over $10-15 million in illicit funds were gone to Indian officials. The 225-page judgement by the Milan Court of Appeals had a separate 17-page chapter on SP Tyagi in which corruption grounds against Indian officer were explained. It also said that payments in cash as well as bank transfers were made by the Tyagi family.
In February 2010, the ruling UPA government signed a contract to purchase 12 Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters for Indian Air Force to carry President and other VVIPs.
In February 2013, the deal was put on hold due to the arrest of Chairman Finmeccanica Giuseppe Orsi and CEO of Agusta Westland Bruno Spagnolini on bribe charges to secure the deal with IAF.
In this major defence controversy, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Former Defence Minister AK Antony, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Former IAF Chief SP Tyagi were questioned regarding their involvement.