The CBI is investigating whether kickbacks were paid by the defence manufacturer or not.

The CBI, which is probing the case, earlier wanted to record the statements of West Bengal and Goa Governors M K

Narayanan and B V Wanchoo respectively in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

Narayanan, who was the then National Security Adviser and Wanchoo, as head of the elite Special Protection Group, were reportedly part of meetings where specifications for the helicopters were changed.

The chopper deal in which allegations of Rs 360-crore bribe were levelled was scrapped by the former Congress-led UPA government in 2013.

The investigating agency claims the parameters regarding the height at which the helicopters can fly as also the flight evaluation were changed in a manner that enabled AgustaWestland to clinch the deal vis-a-vis its competitor Sikorsky.
Narayanan, who   is also on the list of Governors whom the BJP-led NDA government wants to replace, has so far said that he will only vacate his chair after his term expires in 2015.

His interrogation on Friday could give the ruling government leverage in pushing for his exit. 80-year-old Narayanan was appointed the Governor by the previous UPA regime.

(JPN)

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