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CBI arrests then chief of air staff and two other accused in an on-going investigation of a case

CBI-Logo-INVC-NEWS1INVC NEWS New Delhi, The Central Bureau of Investigation has today arrested then Chief of Air Staff; his Cousin (Private person) and an Advocate/Consultant in an on-going investigation of a case related to alleged irregularities in the procurement of 12 AW-101 VVIP/VIP Helicopters from a UK based private company. A case was registered on 12.03.2013 u/s 120B r/w 420 of IPC of and Sections 7,8,9,12 & 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against then Chief of Air Staff and 18 other accused persons/companies. It was alleged that Chief of Air Staff(CAS) entered into criminal conspiracy with other accused persons and in 2005, conceded to change IAF’s consistent stand that service ceiling of VVIP Helicopters 6000 mtrs, was an inescapable operational necessity and reduced the same to 4500 meters. Such changes in Operational Requirements (ORs) made the private company based at UK, eligble to participate in the RFP for VVIP Helicopters. It was revealed during Investigation that such undue favours were allegedly shown to said UK based private company by accepting the illegal gratifications from the accused vendors through middlemen/relatives including his cousin & an advocate etc. who accepted the illegal gratification for exercising influence through illegal means, or using personal influence over the concerned public servants. The arrested accused persons will be produced tomorrow before the Competent Court at Delhi. The arrested accused persons will be produced tomorrow before the Competent Court at Delhi. Further investigation is continuing.

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