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CBI team set to leave for Milan to grill Haschke in Choppergate

Haschke would be produced in an Italian court in this case.

CBI sources said a team led by an SP-level officer will be part of the Defence Ministry team that has been given access to examine the middleman on 9 January before the Milan court where he is facing trial for alleged corrupt activities along with top executives of AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica.

In a tough stand, India had scrapped the helicopter deal, nearly a year after allegations surfaced that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore were paid to bag the contract.

The Milan court had allowed Indian authorities to examine Haschke in the bribery case, which is being heard in that country. Haschke was arrested in Switzerland from where he has been brought to Italy.

Sources said that it is for the first time that CBI officials will be part of Haschke's examination which has been done by the Defence Ministry officials through their lawyers in the court.

The helicopter supply contract is under probe by Italian agencies and CBI for alleged kickbacks paid to Indian officials, including former IAF chief SP Tyagi – to clinch the deal. Tyagi has denied allegations of any kickbacks. Haschke is one of the 13 accused named in the FIR filed by CBI.
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