68-year-old Narasimhan is the third Governor to be quizzed in this case by the CBI, which previously questioned former Goa governor B V Wanchoo and former West Bengal governor M K Narayanan.

Officials of the CBI interrogated Narayanan and Wanchoo last week as witnesses in the case.

Sources said the need to record statements of Wanchoo and Narayanan was felt as both had participated in the meeting in 2005 that allowed key changes in the technical specifications of the chopper.

A CBI team from New Delhi reached Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday to question Narasimhan. Sources had earlier said that Narasimhan’s statement is crucial to get additional inputs about the reasons for reducing service ceiling.

The CBI has alleged reduction of the service ceiling maximum height at which a helicopter can perform normally allowed UK-based firm to get into the fray as otherwise its helicopters were not even qualified for submission of bids.

India’s premier probe agency had registered a case against former IAF chief S P Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen in the case.

The allegation against the former IAF chief was that he had reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter so that AgustaWestland was included in the bids. Tyagi has so far refuted the allegations levelled against him.

The agency claims the parameters regarding the height at which the helicopter can fly as well as the flight evaluation was changed in a manner that enabled AgustaWestland to clinch the deal vis-a-vis its competitor Sikorsky.


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