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Ex-IAF chief Tyagi, cousins granted bail in Agusta chopper scam case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

S P and his three cousins were today granted by a in a case related to the VVIP chopper scam.

granted relief to Tyagi's cousins -- Sanjeev alias Julie, Rajeev alias Doesa and alias Kuki -- on personal bonds of Rs 1 lakh each with one surety of the like amount.

The was granted after the four appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued against them earlier, and moved applications today.

The court also issued fresh summons against Bruno Spagnolini, former of AgustaWestland, and Giuseppe Orsi, former of defence and Finmeccanica, after ED submitted that summons sent to them earlier through the (MHA) and the execution of those was still awaited.

The court said: "Keeping in view the overall facts and circumstances, the applicant/accused S P Tyagi, Sandeep Tyagi, and Sanjeev Tyagi are admitted to bail on furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs 1 lakh with one surety each of the like amount, subject to the following conditions...

"Accused persons shall not try to contact or influence any witness. Accused persons shall not tamper with the evidence. All the accused shall join investigation, if any, as and when called. Accused persons shall not leave without prior permission of the Court."

In case of violation of any condition, bail of the accused persons will be cancelled, it said.

In their applications, the three accused have submitted that they are "innocent and have nothing to do with the present offence".

"It is submitted that accused/applicant has joined and cooperated during investigation by furnishing all the information and documents available with them to the concerned authorities," they said.

ED's special public prosecutors D P Singh and N K Matta opposed the

The ED also moved a plea seeking to declare a Dubai-based Rajeev Saxena, an accused in the case, a "proclaimed offender" in the case claiming that he did not respond to the warrants issued against him earlier.

The court said it will consider the application on September 29.

Open ended warrants have already been issued against Italian middlemen and Guido Ralph Haschke, while the extradition process of middleman is already goin on.

The ED also told the court that some of the accused are based outside and it takes minimum of three months to serve the accused persons through proper channel through MHA.

"Keeping in view the facts and circumstances, the matter is adjourned to December 18," the court said.

The court had on July 24 summoned all the accused to appear before it today.

The court also summoned as accused various other Indian and foreign individuals and companies, including Gautam Khaitan, and its parent company

The court had passed directions after taking cognisance of the charge sheet, saying there was enough evidence against the accused in the matter relating to the alleged to the tune of around Euro 28 million.

The ED, in its charge sheet, has alleged that money was laundered through multiple foreign companies which were used as fronts to park alleged kickbacks.

On January 1, 2014, had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks of Rs 423 crore paid by it to secure the deal.

Those summoned by the court include Tyagi and his cousins, Khaitan and his wife Ritu, and his wife Shivani, both directors of two Dubai-based accused firms and Matrix Holdings, O P Khaitan and Co, International Mediterranean Consulting, and Infotech Design Systems Gordian Services.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 19:10 IST