"He has agreed taking payment from European middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. However, we do not agree with the purpose behind the payment which has been cited by him," CBI sources said.

Khaitan and former Deputy Air Chief N V Tyagi were examined by CBI in connection with Agusta Westland chopper deal here today, the sources said.

While the questioning of Khaitan continued for about 10 hours, Tyagi left within four hours after recording his statement before the investigators.

The sources said while Khaitan accepted money was received from Gerosa and Haschke he denied that it was part of kick backs to clinch the deal.

The agency sources said Tyagi cousins--Sandeep, Sanjeev, Rajeev--will be called today for questioning. The three brothers are named in the CBI FIR. Khaitan, who is an advocate and a former Board member of company Aeromatrix which was allegedly used to route bribe amount, is named in the CBI FIR as one of the accused.

The focus of the questioning was his alleged links with Italian middlemen-- Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschkhe, the sources said.

CBI had registered a case against former Air Chief S P Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen.
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The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000m to 4,500m (15,000ft) which put AgustaWestland helicopters in the race for the deal without which its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids.

Tyagi has denied allegations against him and said the change of specifications, which brought AgustaWestland into contention, was a collective decision in which senior officers of Indian Air Force, SPG and other departments were involved.

Moreover, Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal, is ready to come to India and face investigators provided he gets an assurance he will not be arrested, his lawyer Rosemary Patrizi Dos Anjos said.
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Anjos also said that Michel is living in Dubai and is willing to speak the "truth". "He has arrest warrant and that is why he can't go to India. He is not free to go. He would like to go and answer everything and tell the truth but not with arrest warrant," Anjos added.

She cited Michel is available to answer all questions in front of a judge but he must be assured that he is not going to be arrested.

Anjos said if her client gets formal invitation from Indian authorities and assurance that he will not be arrested then he will have to go to India and answer all the questions.

The controversial deal and the alleged bribes to the tune of Rs 120 crore paid in clinching it for AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Italian defence giant Finmeccanica, has triggered a political slugfest between BJP and Congress.

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