New Delhi: City court on Thursday reserve its order on the bail plea on ex-air chief martial SP Tyagi and two other till Monday in the Augusta Westland VVIP chopper deal scam. The court said it need some time to examine the prove available with the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) before taking the final call on the bail.
Ex-Air Chief SP Tyagi along with his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and an advocate Gautam Khetan was arrested by the investigating agency in connection with their alleged role in the scam. They submitted their bail plea on 17 December when CBI said they did not want any further custody of the accused.
While arguing on the plea before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar the CBI said accused, if set free, might affect the crucial evidence in the case. The investigation is going on at very crucial stage. The arena of investigation is spread as many as a dozen countries. We are in touch with many countries to piece together the evidence.
To this, the court asked CBI that , “do you have any direct evidence against ex-air chief martial SP Tyagi receiving the bribe from anybody,”. Agency said Tyagi had purchased various properties from the money he received in the deal for which he could not declare the source of income.
Defense council opposed the CBI contention and said FIR in the case was registered four years ago. CBI Could’ not confront with any strong evidence with the accused. Merely saying that investigation is going on in the case, the right of freedom of my client can not be deprived. Had they really got any strong evidence against Tyagi they would have brought before the court earlier.
After hearing the arguments for an hour, the court said it will examine the facts and the leading evidence against the accused before taking the decision on the bail plea. The court ordered CBI to bring the evidence before it and reserved its order till Monday.