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Breaking: CBI seeks prosecution sanction against former defence secretary and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India – Shashi Kant Sharma; former Air Vice Marshal Jasbir Singh Panesar and 3 other IAF officers in AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam.
The three other IAF officers against whom prosecution sanction has been sought by CBI include - Deputy Chief Test Pilot - S A Kunte, Wing Commander - Thomas Mathew and former Group Captain - N Santosh.
Shashi Kant Sharma (retired IAS), former CAG, tells @htTweets - “I had a long unblemished service record of over forty years and nobody can blame me for any malafide action or decision. I strongly and firmly deny any such frivolous allegation”.
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Since there will be lot of noise on #AgustaWestland in the coming days here are some plain and simple facts -

- Proposal to dismantle ageing fleet of Mi-18 Helicopters for VVIP use was floated by IAF in 1999, When NDA Govt was at the centre led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


- 'Request for Proposal' was issued in 2002 by the NDA Government.
( 4 Companies responded to it, AgustaWestland was NOT one of them )

- In 2003 on the advice of Brajesh Mishra, PMO reduced the Requirements from 6000 Metres initially to 4500 metres...

...which allowed AgustaWestland to enter the bidding process.

- In 2006 after re-consultation with all the stakeholders involved in the process, UPA Government re-issued the RFP with minor tweaks (None of them major enough to favour any of the competing companies)
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