CBI seeks sanction to prosecute ex-CAG

New Delhi, September 11

The CBI has sought prosecution sanction from the federal government towards former Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, who later took over because the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), for his alleged involvement within the Rs 3,600-crore Agusta Westland VVIP chopper scandal.

Sources stated the CBI was prepared with the supplementary chargesheet to be filed within the court docket. The company had despatched the request to the federal government for “prosecution sanction in March”. It was nonetheless awaiting a nod, they stated.

In the supplementary chargesheet, the CBI would elaborate on the position of Christian Michel, the alleged intermediary within the deal who was deported from the UAE and is at the moment in judicial custody.

Since the chargesheet additionally incorporates particulars on the alleged position of some former public servants, who have been holding key positions when the deal was being mentioned, the CBI has approached the Ministry of Defence for an approval to prosecute Sharma, then Air Vice Marshal Jasbir Singh Panesar and others. The company has additionally sought sanction to chargesheet three former IAF officers — deputy chief check pilot SA Kunte, Wing Commander Thomas Mathew and Group Captain N Santosh.— TNS

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