New Delhi: The CBI has sought from the Defence Ministry documents related to the AgustaWestland helicopter deal as it prepares to question suspected beneficiaries about alleged kickbacks received in the Rs 3600 crore deal.

The agency has also sought the reply given by Italian firm Finmeccanica to the questions raised by the Ministry, CBI sources said.

They said the agency is focusing on the circumstances in which the requirements were tweaked in the Defence Ministry to allegedly suit the Finmeccanica and its subsidiary supplier AgustaWestland.

They said files related to alterations in the helicopter specifications will help the agency in identifying Defence Ministry officials which could be questioned by it and who could help it understand the reasons behind the changes.

An agency team is in touch with the Defence Ministry officials who have been asked to produce these files at the earliest, they said. The CBI is also likely to seek documents of Indian units of the companies from Corporate Affairs Ministry on the shareholding patterns of-- Aeromatrix and IDS Infotech-- allegedly involved in the case after seeking legal opinion in the matter.

The agency has registered a preliminary enquiry against 11 people including former IAF chief S P Tyagi, his three cousins, European middlemen and four companies. Two Indian firms allegedly used to route bribe money are among these four companies.

Tyagi has refuted all the allegations against him. The agency has also managed to get hold of some documents from Finmeccanica on the basis of which it had started probe in the matter.

(Agencies)

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