Chopper scam: CBI issues lookout notice for IAF ex-chief Tyagi

The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued a lookout notice on former Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi in connection with alleged irregularities in the procurement of helicopters from Italy's Finmeccanica for VIP transport, defence Minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Antony said in a written reply, ''The CBI has issued a lookout notice against a number of individuals in India including a former chief of IAF in connection with the said case.''

Although Antony did not name retired Air Chief Marshal Tyagi, the reference was clear.

Tyagi's bank account was recently frozen by the investigative agency and he was also questioned by them.

The defence minister also said that it has received an initial set of documents from Italy in connection with the deal.

''Government has received an initial set of documents from Italy pertaining to alleged irregularities in AgustaWestland deal which include the copy of the search and seizure order issued by the Judge of the preliminary investigation in Busto Arsizio, Italy,'' Antony said.

Copies of certain contracts entered by AgustaWestland with various entities in Tunisia and India have also been provided by the Italian government.

The minister was replying to a question on whether the government has received the first set of documents from Italy regarding the alleged irregularities in the deal with Finmeccanica for 12 AgustaWestland helicopters.