Former IAF chief SP Tyagi was grilled by the CBI for the second day on Tuesday in connection with the controversial Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. SP Tyagi has accepted the meeting with COO of Finmeccanica Mr Zapa during examination, he met with him in 2005 in India. SP Tyagi has also admitted to have financial interest in three companies – Banshi, Anuras, and Shavan. TV channel reports also said that CBI asked him what he shared with Haschke and what he got in return.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP Tyagi and his wife, are the owner of these three companies in addition to a fourth company, Meghanshu. All four companies based in Noida.The CBI has called SP Tyagi for questioning tomorrow again. TV channel reports have said that the former IAF chief might be confronted with Gautam Khaitan tomorrow.Tyagi arrived at the CBI headquarters at 11.00 am, sources said. The agency had questioned him on various aspects of the case including his alleged links with middlemen, his alleged trips to Italy, reasons behind changing specifications, and relations with his cousins yesterday, the sources said. Recently, the Milan Court of Appeals in Italy had concluded that bribes were paid to clinch the deal. CBI had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen.The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000m to 4,500m (15,000ft) which made Agusta Westland helicopters eligible in the race for the deal.Tyagi had denied all the allegations against him. The agency had already questioned Tyagi in 2013 but this session is the first after the Italian court order. CBI sources said the agency called Gautam Khaitan, former board member of Aeromatrix, one of the suspect in the case, for questioning on Wednesday while cousins of Tyagi–Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep–have been called later this week.It is alleged by Italian prosecutors that bribes to clinch the deal were paid through middlemen and routed through a consultancy contract between AgustaWestland and companies owned by middlemen. Khaitan and the Tyagi cousins have strongly refuted the allegations against them.With agency inputs.
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