Indian agency files case against air force ex-chief
APNEW DELHI -- India's top investigative agency filed a criminal case on Wednesday against a former air force chief and 11 other people on charges of cheating and conspiracy in a US$750 million helicopter deal marred by bribery.
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed the charges under India's corruption prevention laws against Shashi Tyagi, three of his cousins and officials of four defense companies after an investigation revealed that huge bribes were paid to steer the contract to Italian defense group Finmeccanica's helicopter division, AgustaWestland.
The CBI is India's equivalent of the FBI.
The agency searched the homes and offices of Tyagi and his cousins, who it suspects were among those who received bribes to clinch the purchase of 12 helicopters two years ago.
India's defense ministry received three of the helicopters in December but has placed the rest of the contract on hold.