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AgustaWestland Case: CBI May Question Manmohan, Ex-PMO Officials

In this January 10, 2014 photo, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed Terminal 2 at Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS)

In this January 10, 2014 photo, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed Terminal 2 at Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS)

The CBI is likely to question former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former officials in the PMO over the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, sources told CNN-News 18 on Sunday.

Manoj Gupta
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New Delhi: The CBI is likely to question former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former officials in the PMO over the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, sources told CNN-News 18 on Sunday.

Along with Singh, the agency is also likely to question the former prime minister’s then principal secretary TKA Nair and former national security adviser MK Narayanan, sources said.

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The CBI may also question its former director Ranjit Sinha and former special director Salim Ali over the 2013 probe into the deal for purchase of VVIP choppers.

The CBI had arrested former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi last week for allegedly influencing the Rs 3,600-crore deal in favour of AgustaWestland.

PTI reported Tyagi's counsel telling a court on Saturday that the then prime minister’s office was in the know of changes in specifications for purchase of VVIP helicopters, especially the reduction in the service ceiling to include AgustaWestland.

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The CBI is now planning to approach the Centre for records from August 2013 to match the movement of its senior officials, who might have leaked the information to the PMO, sources said.

Tyagi, who was arrested along with his cousin Sanjiv alias Julie Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan, has denied any wrongdoing. All three are in CBI custody till December 14.

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