Two of these contractors were Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, listed as AW middlemen. Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev (alias Julie) was in touch with Gerosa and Haschke, and had, leveraging on the strength of the relationship with the Chief of Air Staff, had made large sums of money off AgustaWestland.
That payments were made to the Europeans for work “in the South Asian subcontinent” was confirmed by Orsi, the boss of the company to the Italian equivalent of the CAG, but he also told the Italian watchdogs that this money was ‘unrelated to Indian helicopter deal”.
Italian investigators say that Euro 30 million or Rs 217 crore were paid as kickbacks, and Euro 100,000 or Rs 70 lakh were paid in cash to Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi.
Tyagi has had a brilliant career. He was sent to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington as a student. When he finished the course, he was adjudged good enough to be made an instructor straightaway. He was one of the few officers to have been sent to the UK to train to fly the Jaguar and later became the Commanding Office of the Jaguar Squadron.
He has the distinction of having flown several types of fighter and transport aircraft and has logged over 3000 flying hours. His combat experience includes combat air patrols, as well as strike and interdiction missions during the 1965 Indo-Pak War. In the 1971 war, he flew the MiG-21 on air defence missions.
After retirement, he was drafted on the semi-official Track Two Ottawa Process where he acted as the eyes and ears of the government of India in a military-to-military engagement with the defence community of Pakistan.