New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday was asked by a Delhi court to cancel the lookout circular (LOC) against former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi who is an accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. It is a circular issued by the authorities to check if a person who is travelling is wanted by the law enforcement agencies.
The investigative agency was informed by Special Judge Arvind Kumar and was asked to further notify the concerned authorities. For the uninitiated, the CBI had issued LOC against Tyagi in the year 2013.
The CBI on September 1, 2017, had filed a chargesheet in the case in which Tyagi and AgustaWestland case middleman Christian Michel was named as accused along with others. Eight others were also named in the charge sheet in connection with a bribery case in the VVIP chopper deal. (Also Read: Christian Michel Sent to Judicial Custody Till Dec 28 in AgustaWestland Case)
Tyagi is the first chief of the IAF to be chargesheeted in corruption or a criminal case by the CBI.
After Michel’s extradition, Tyagi was questioned to which a fuming Tyagi had stated, “Who are you to ask me such a question? You can’t disturb me like this. Please be respectful while asking such questions.”
Tyagi along with his brother was granted bail on September 12 in the AgustaWestland case. Besides the Tyagis, the court had also granted bail to another accused on the same day. The court had granted them bail on a bond of Rs.1 lakh each and the same amount as surety.
On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.