AgustaWestland Chopper scam: Former IAF chief SP Tyagi granted bail by Patiala House Court

26 December 2016, 03:00 PM
AgustaWestland Case: SP Tyagi granted bail by Patiala House Court (File photo)
AgustaWestland Case: SP Tyagi granted bail by Patiala House Court (File photo)

The Patiala House Court on Monday granted bail to former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi in the AgustaWestland Case. 

The court will pronounce order on Tyagi's co-accused Sanjeev Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan's bail plea on January 4. Till then the two shall remain in judicial custody, the court ordered. 

SP Tyagi granted bail on Rs 2 Lakh security. Court directed him not to leave Delhi NCR and to not temper with evidence.

The Air Chief Marshal and his associated were arrested by CBI on December 9 for Rs 3,600 cr AgustaWestland chopper scam. 

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What court said in its order while granting bail to EX IAF Chief SP Tyagi

#During arguments CBI failed to state how much cash was paid to accused and when it was paid.

#CBI has seized the documents regarding properties in 2013 and more than 3 years and 9 months have passed but couldn't conduct investigation in this regard as the CBI has mentioned in arrest memo of the Accused that properties of Accused are to be linked with illegal gratification

#Accused was arrested after about 3 years & 9 months after lodging of FIR & during this period of 3 years and 9 months, LOC was withdrawn by CBI, his accounts were unfrozen after CBI gave it's "No objection " and Accused was allowed to travel abroad

#The accused has joined Investigation as and when called by CBI and also interrogated in custody. & It's not the case of CBI that accused has tampered with evidence during the period of 3 years and 9 months or influence any witness#So apprehension of CBI that accused may tamper evidence is without any basis

The apprehension of CBI that he may tamper with evidence seems unfounded. To my mind the apprehension of CBI that he would influence the witnesses who had been subordinate to him during the tenure of his service appears unfounded.

The present case is based on documents. 

He was in custody for 18 days. No purpose will be served by keeping accused behind the bar.

Accused is 72 years of age, suffering from heart disease, eye disease I.e. uveitis, blood pressure & also suffered heart attack in 1993 & is on regular medication

Conditions- court impose these conditions while granting bail

1) Accused will not try to contact & influence any witness
2) Accused Will not tamper with the evidence
3) Accused shall join investigation as & when called by CBI
4) Accused shall not leave NCR without prior permission of court

Court further said that in case of violation of any of aforesaid condition, bail of Accused shall be liable to be cancelled

First Published: Monday, December 26, 2016 11:14 AM

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