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Italian businessman Guido Haschke's diary: Key to AgustaWestland deal payments

The Haschke Diary details of disbursing nearly 1.6 million euros (around Rs 12 crore at current exchange rates), substantial payments noted down against initials, and many of these initials can be those of powerful Indians.

As Indian investigation into the AgustaWestland deal gathers momentum, investigators are looking at key documents obtained from Italian prosecutors: handwritten notes of Guido Haschke, the Swiss-Italian businessman the Milan court has deemed as a key middleman, which lists payments made to individuals/entities. ET has reviewed the notes. Investigators in CBI and ED, who sought anonymity, said they are in the process of identifying the individuals/entities described by these initials.

The notes have many references to 'GK' and 'Julie'. Investigators are trying to establish whether these refer to, respectively, Gautam Khaitan, the lawyer chargesheeted by ED for allegedly routing Agusta's bribe money to India, and Julie Tyagi, one of the cousins of ex-air chief SP Tyagi. The Milan court had held Julie Tyagi to be a major beneficiary of the Agusta deal. Questions sent to SP Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan did not receive any response.

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