A Patiala House Court bench granted bail to former Air Chief Marshall S,P Tyagi in the VVIP AugustaWestland chopper deal.
Further, the court has directed him not to leave the country and granted bail on a personal bond of Rs. 2 lakh.
However, there are certain restrictions imposed by the court asking him not to interfere in the probe in any way and manipulate the witnesses.
The bail applications of the other two accused in this case – Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan – are still undecided but the court has said orders on the pleas will come on January 4.
S,P Tyagi’s advocate Maneka Guruswamy argued that during the hearing of the plea her client cannot be kept away from enjoying his freedom if the investigation is prolonging itself.
CBI contended that if their bail pleas are heard, they might influence witnesses and hamper “the multi-layered probe by various agencies in more than one jurisdiction involving many countries”, TOI quoted Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as saying.
But Khaitan’s advocate Pramod Kumar Dubey and Sanjeev Tyagi’s counsel Manav Gupte gave the counter argument that the accused had sought the plea on the basis that the evidence was documentary in nature and had already been seized by the CBI.
On December 17, all the three accused were sent to judicial custody till December 30.
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