Former Indian Air Force Chief, S P Tyagi, who is an accused in the Augusta Westland chopper corruption case, has been granted bail by the Patiala House Court today. The bail was set at Rs 2 lakh with the condition that he cannot leave the country during the course of the trial. Mr. Tyagi was also asked to refrain from interacting with any witness, or try in any way to influence them. He was asked to co-operate with the authorities. The court has asked him to stay away from any activity that could hamper the investigations and the probe.
The bail pleas of Mr. Sanjeev Tyagi, who is SP Tyagi’s cousin, and that of lawyer Gautam Khaitan have been deferred till the 4th of January, 2017.
SP Tyagi’s lawyer, Maneka Guruswamy argued that her client’s freedom should not be hampered if the investigating agencies are taking a long time to complete the probe. In the last 4 years since the case has been launched, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not been able to give any incriminating evidence till now.
Additional Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta who appeared for the CBI, said that the probe is taking a long time as the investigations involve many agencies, many jurisdictions and countries. The accused, if set free may try to tamper the evidence and influence the witnesses thus hampering the investigations. He also said that there is evidence of the accused having unofficial meetings, meetings where deals were struck. He asked the courts to dismiss the bail pleas as the actions of the accused have tarnished the image of the country.
The CBI also told the court that there was evidence of the former IAF chief had purchased real estate/ property with sources of income other than what has been disclosed. They underscored the fact that SP Tyagi had wrongly used his official position.