India has received a fresh tranche of crucial documents from Italy in connection with Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal which is likely to help CBI in expediting the probe into the bribery scam allegedly involving the then Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi.
CBI sources said a DIG Mahipal Yadav returned on Wednesday from Milan where the trial against the then executives of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland are being prosecuted by the Italian authorities for alleged international corruption.
India is being represented as civil party in the case by Defence Ministry. They said CBI was expecting to get copies of transcripts of phone conversations of middlemen which were intercepted by the Italian agencies but it may take some time because of court's procedural issues.
The sources said a fresh tranche of documents have been handed over to the Indian mission on the orders of the Milan court but did not give their details as it might compromise their ongoing probe by the agency.
The sources said a set of over 40,000 documents related to contours of money trail has already been received by the CBI from the Italian court after Defence Ministry became a civil party in the ongoing case in the European country.
The sources said once CBI gets these records it might question Tyagi and other accused again before starting to prepare the charge sheet against the accused.
CBI which carried out probe in India had named 13 individuals, including Tyagi and European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke, in the FIR as accused, in connection with the alleged bribery.