On Saturday the former Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi was sent to judicial custody after CBI said that he was not needed for further custodial interrogation in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
Arvind Kumar, special CBI judge also sent Sanjeev Tyagi, Tyagi’s cousin and lawyer Gautam Khaitan, co-alleged in the case related to acquisition of 12 VVIP choppers from a UK-based firm during the UPA-2 regime, to prison after the probe agency didn’t want their further custody.
After the agency had submitted their report, all the three moved their bail applications that will be heard on December 21 as the CBI wanted time to reply to the applicants.
The counsel appearing for Tyagi, during the proceedings submitted before the court that the Italian top court had directed retrial of the former executives of Finmeccanica in VVIP chopper scam case making CBI’s stand weak in the current case.
However, the court fixed the date of December 21 for the hearing on the matter.
On December 14, the court had extended the CBI remand of Tyagi and two more people by three days after CBI had told them it was a very serious case needing interrogation to dig up larger conspiracy as the interest of the country was compromised.
Earlier, the agency had said before the court that it was a very high-profile case and they needed proper material. While one part of the crime was committed in Indian, different other angles were in foreign land.
The counsel appearing for Tyagi had said that he was a decorated war hero of the country and CBI, which was called ‘a caged parrot’ by the Supreme Court, is trying to damage his reputation.
Previously, Tyagi’s counsel had also claimed that the decision to obtain VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a collective and even Prime Minister’s Office was a part of it.
CBI had accused Tyagi of abusing his official position when he was the Air Chief Marshal.
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