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Chopper deal: CBI yet to probe role of ex-NSA, SPG ex-chief

Mar 14, 2013 05:13 PM IST India India

New Delhi: In a new twist in the AgustaWestland chopper deal probe, top government officials have questioned the credibility of the investigations being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They say that the CBI is merely focusing on former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi and his cousins, when it should be going after all the government officials who were involved in facilitating the contract.

Sources say that the CBI has not questioned former National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and Special Protection Group (SPG) ex-chief BV Wanchoo, both of whom were instrumental in getting the deal passed. In fact, Wanchoo had endorsed the technical changes in the VVIP helicopters that brought in AgustaWestland into the picture.

The SPG had also hiked the number of helicopters to be procured from eight to 12.

No defence secretary, including the incumbent Shashi Kant Sharma, has been questioned over the deal. Sharma was a member of several committees that cleared AgustaWestland for the deal.