New Delhi, Dec 26 : Slamming CBI for not getting enough evidences of bribery a special CBI court granted bail to former chief Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi who is accused in the case of AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal for his alleged role during his tenure.
Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar granted Tyagi relief on a personal bond of two lakh rupees and one surety of a similar amount. The bail applications of Tyagi brothers are still pending before the court where court will take this plea on January 4.
Tyagi was directed by the court not to leave Delhi without prior permission and to join the investigation whenever required. The court also warned him against tampering with evidence or influencing witnesses in the case.
Former Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, arrested on December 9 on the charges of receiving kickbacks in the multi-million-dollar AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal. Citing the reason of political influence Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had opposed the bail pleas of the accused but court rejected the demand for the same.
Tyagi, 71, who retired from the air force in 2007, Sanjeev and Khaitan were arrested December 9 by the CBI in connection with the case. The court had on December 17 sent all the three accused to judicial custody till December 30.
The CBI alleges that Tyagi and the other accused had received bribes from AgustaWestland helping the manufacturer to win the $530 million contract to purchase the helicopters for the Communication Squadron of Indian Air Force to carry President, Prime Minister and other VVIPs.