New Delhi, December 24: A Delhi Court Special Judge Arvind Kumar on Monday allowed former Air Chief S P Tyagi, an accused in the VVIP chopper case, to travel abroad in March 2019. The case is lodged by CBI agaisnt former Air Chief S P Tyagi.
The Court along with Tyagi also permitted one of his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi to travel to the United States of America.
The Court simultaneously adjourned the hearing on a similar plea filed by them in the ED’s money laundering case till January 3. If ED opposes the plea filed by former Air Chief S P Tyagi seeking permission to travel abroad, the court may reject the permission at a later stage.
The ED registered a case in 2014 and had named 21 people, including a former IAF chief. During the course of the investigation, it connected the dots of the money trail that was used to route the kickbacks to the beneficiaries of the scam and informed the court that it has enough evidence to prosecute all the accused persons.
On July 18, ED filed a supplementary charge sheet, accusing Orsi, Spagnolini and ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi, besides others.
The issue pertains to the contract signed by India to purchase 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters in February 2010 for the Communication Squadron of Indian Air Force to carry the President, Prime Minister and other VVIPs.
The probing agency claimed that the deal was worth Rs 3,767 crore, out of which 12% was paid in bribes.
Tyagi and his cousin were also charge-sheeted by the CBI along with Christian Michel, a British national, arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4, 2018.
It was alleged that the government officials involved in the deal had abused their power by reducing the service ceiling of the VVIPs helicopter from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres, during the tenure of Manmohan Singh-led UPA government.