"No, never," was the prompt reply of Michel when he was asked whether he had ever met Gandhi, Singh or the then Defence Minister A K Antony for pushing the deal. "I have never met any of these," he said.
 
Michel sought to clear his name from the kickbacks scam claiming that he had "once" shaken hands with the then IAF Chief S P Tyagi in Delhi but "avoided him" for his links with Italian businessman Guido Haschke and another middleman.

"I probably met him (S P Tyagi) in Gymkhana club and I think I shook his hand there. But because of his association with Haschke I really avoided him," he said.

He also said that BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has not lied about the deal but it seems he has been misled. "He has authenticated (documents) what was given in the CAG report. The CAG report was prepared in great hurry as the deal was always blowing away.

"They (CAG) are not aviation experts and they are bureaucrats asked to put together document way beyond their expertise. So he was misled by his own documentation," he said.

Also, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned cousins of former Indian Air Force Chief S P Tyagi--Sanjeev, Rajeev and Sandeep--besides advocate Gautam Khaitan for nearly eight hours asking exhaustively about finances, firms established by them and their relations with European middlemen in Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal.

The three Tyagi brothers - Sanjeev, Rajiv and Sandeep - were questioned for over eight hours at the CBI headquarters in Delhi. Khaitan was questioned for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday.  The CBI sources said the agency has asked SP Tyagi, who was questioned.

He was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Apart from SP Tyagi, the CBI has also called Pratap Kumar Aggarwal, the chairman of IDS Infotech Ltd (India), and Praveen Bakshi, chief executive officer of Aeromatrix Info Solution Pvt Ltd, on Monday to quiz them in the Agusta case.

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