New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday allowed former Air Chief SP Tyagi, accused in the VVIP chopper case, to travel abroad in March next year. Special Judge Arvind Kumar permitted Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi’s plea to go to the US. Hearing on a similar plea filed by them in the ED’s money laundering case was adjourned to January 3. (Also read: AgustaWestland scam: Ex IAF chief SP Tyagi blames ex-PMO in Court, CBI gets 4-day custody – 10 developments)
If the ED opposes the plea to travel abroad, the court may deny permission later. According to ANI, Delhi’s Patiala House Court’s permission to the duo is based on conditions which would be conveyed to them later.
This Friday, the CBI was asked by a Delhi court to cancel the lookout circular against Tyagi. It is a circular issued by the authorities to check if a person who is travelling is wanted by the law enforcement agencies.
The investigating 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 2013.
The CBI had filed a charge sheet in the case in which Tyagi and British national Christian Michel were named among the accused. Nine others were also named in connection with a bribery case in the VVIP chopper deal.
Earlier, middleman Christian Michel was extradited from Dubai and has been questioned rigorously. Michel is in judicial custody till December 28.
Earlier, the CBI had opposed Michel bail plea, saying that wide reach and influence could hamper the evidence collected against him. The investigating agency added, “He was making efforts to run away from Dubai just before his extradition.”
Michel’s counsel Aljo K Joseph claimed that he was cooperating in the investigation. “He has become weak since he was in custody in Dubai for five months on the CBI’s request. We are ready for any condition of bail. You have already granted bail to other accused,” he had pleaded.
Alleging that Michel was being given a tough time, Joseph had said, “The CBI had questioned him five times in Dubai and for 15 days in Delhi. He is suffering from dyslexia and he has been asked to write in cursive writing.”