12 Dec 2016

Tata Group Director Linked To VVIP Chopper Scam, Alleges Cyrus Mistry

Cyrus Mistry has alleged that Tata Group Director Vijay Singh was involved in the VVIP Chopper scam
MUMBAI: Ousted Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry has created a stir in his battle with the Tatas after he linked one of its directors - Vijay Singh - to the VVIP chopper scam, a charge vehemently denied by the latter.

Mr Mistry, who is locked in a boardroom tussle with the Tatas, alleged that Mr Singh had a role in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, claiming that it happened when he was the Defence Secretary in 2010.
"As Defence Secretary, Mr Singh was a key official involved in awarding of the Rs. 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter contract to Augusta Westland in 2010," Mr Mistry's office said in a statement in Mumbai.

Mr Singh, however, rejected the charge, saying the deal was approved by the Union Cabinet well after he had retired from government service.

"I was defence secretary from 2007-2009 and the present cases being prosecuted by CBI pertain to 2004-2005. The Augusta Westland acquisition was approved by the Cabinet well after my retirement," Mr Singh said in an emailed statement.

"To connect me with this matter is slanderous and malicious," Mr Singh, an independent director on Tata Sons board, said.

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