AgustaWestland branch CBI closes bribery case against brigadier

Seven times after an FIR was filed against a retired brigadier for falsifying field trial records of copters as part of the AgustaWestland VVIP eggbeater corruption case, the Central Bureau of Investigation( CBI) has filed a check report as it has to face it. No concrete substantiation has been set up. Him, agency officers said.

The case was registered in 2014 after the CBI entered a fresh tranche of documents from Italy. A note mentioned that Brigadier VS Saini had allegedly sought 5 million euros to help Agusta. Saini was indicted of falsifying surveillance and surveillance copter test flight records, which the government wanted to buy.

Piecemeal from Saini, the FIR also mentions unidentified officers of the Army, the Defense Ministry and a private company. The case was registered under colourful sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, including the Indian Penal Code, phony, and abuse of sanctioned position. The CBI had contended that Brigadier Saini was part of a platoon that tested confronting copters in the Light mileage copter order.

Army Aviation was looking to buy 197 light copters to replace its old Cheetah and Chetak line, which conducts surveillance and casualty evacuation operations in forward locales and high-altitude areas similar to Siachen, Ladakh, North Kashmir and the Northeast.

The accession process for 197 copters was cancelled in December 2007 after the deal was finalised. Italian prosecutors cited Brigadier Saini in the documents seized during the discourse of the VVIP eggbeater fiddle.

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