SIT on AgustaWestland and Vijay Mallya

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Thursday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper scam and the money laundering case of businessman Vijay Mallya.

Earlier, the CBI team had registered a preliminary enquiry on the basis of some important documents that it had obtained from Italian probe agencies in connection with the alleged payment of kickbacks by AgustaWestland to bag the chopper deal. A complete case would be registered once sufficient evidence is collected.

The Defence Ministry had earlier threatened to cancel the chopper deal and sought a CBI probe after the CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi, was arrested in Italy for his role in paying bribes.

The CBI is planning to file multiple charge sheets against former liquor baron Vijay Mallaya as it has brought under its one FIR the cases of his alleged loan default, of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, with various banks of over Rs 9,000 crore.

CBI said the agency has registered the case of alleged loan default of Mallya with IDBI Bank which was about Rs 900 crore on the basis of source information cultivated by the agency as no affected bank had filed any complaint with it.