Former Air Force chief’s arrest raised in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The issue of the arrest of former Air Force Chief S.P. Tyagi was raised in the Lok Sabha by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, who said the issue should not be politicised.

Raising the issue amid ruckus in the house on demonetisation, Mahtab said the procurement of VVIP helicopters was done during the UPA government and a probe also began at that time.

“The process of investigation started during UPA’s time… The impression that (present day) the government is victimising the former Air Force chief is worng…” Mahtab said.

“Adequate steps should be taken to clear the air over the issue. There should not be any politics over the issue,” he stressed.

The former Indian Air Force chief — the first chief of any wing of the armed forces to be arrested in the country — and the others were allegedly involved in irregularities in the procurement of 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters from Britain-based AgustaWestland.

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