NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court has on Saturday sent former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi to a four-day police custody, after being arrested in connection with the Rs 450 Crore Agusta Westland bribery case. The Court accepted the CBI’s plea stating that it needs to interrogate Mr.Tyagi to unearth a very large conspiracy having international ramifications.
The former Air Force Chief was arrested as part of the CBI’s investigation into the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters from the UK-based company Agusta Westland. In the FIR filed in 2013, the CBI alleged that it has found major conspiracy involved in the chopper deal.
SP Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and advocate Gautam Khaitan, also accused in the case were sent to Police custody till December 14. The court opined that it is necessary for it to permit police custody to allow a fair investigation into the case.
Initially, the Central Bureau of Investigation requested the Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh to grant police custody for 10 days citing the involvement of major conspiracy. But, the court disagreed with the CBI’s plea and asked it to request for the extension of police custody only if required.
Senior advocate N Hariharan, appearing for the former Air Force Chief argued that the decision to purchase 12 VVIP choppers was a collective one and that only Mr.Tyagi cannot be held accountable for it. “It was a collective decision. The Prime Minister’s office was involved in it. The deal does not come under Mr.Tyagi’s office and everyone has a say in it. There is no fresh ground for the CBI to arrest him in 2016 when the FIR was registered back in 2013″.
According to the political analysts, if the CBI increases its pace in investigation of the VVIP Chopper scam, it is very likely that big names of the former UPA-2 regime may enter the CBI’s charge sheet. The next hearing of the case will be on December 14.