VVIP chopper scam: Tyagi given bail, CBI challenges HC

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sp tyagiThe CBI on December 30 challenged the bail approved to former IAF chief SP Tyagi in the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

Responding to the investigating agency’s plea, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to Tyagi, who was on released from jail on December 26.

Tyagi was released on bail after a special court had observed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) neither stated the alleged bribe amount nor when it was paid.

It may be noted here that after the former IAF chief was quizzed by CBI for seven days, special CBI judge Arvind Kumar asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and one surety of similar amount as pre-requisites for his release on bail.

The court also asked Tyagi not to leave the National Capital Region sans its permission not to tamper with the proof or influence the witnesses.

Since the investigating agency did not show how much cash was paid to the accused and when it was paid, Tyagi was released on bail.

It may also be noted Tyagi had joined the probe as and when CBI had called him.

While granting the relief, the court took note of his age and health conditions and said no purpose would be served by keeping him behind the bars.

Tyagi, 72, who retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan were arrested on December 9 by the CBI in connection with the case which relates to procurement of 12 VVIP choppers from UK-based firm during the UPA-2 regime.

The court would now decide on January 4 the bail pleas of Sanjeev Tyagi and Khaitan.