Dec 18: Former IAF Chief SP Tyagi has questioned his arrest as he was taken into custody after three years of FIR being registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Tyagi, in his bail application, asked why he was summoned in May 2016 when the CBI lodged a FIR in March 2013. He also asserted that the purchase order and trail run of choppers took place after his retirement.
In the bail plea filed through his counsels R Sasiprabhu and Menaka Guruswamy, Tyagi said that “No reason has been forthcoming from the CBI as to why custodial interrogation of the applicant was required at this stage or at all.”
Earlier in 2013, CBI registered the FIR against Tyagi on March 12 and he was arrested after three years on December 9, 2016. Tyagi has been booked for allegedly cobbling together operational wants, including bringing down the operational flying ceiling from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres, to help AgustaWestland bag the 3,564-crore order for 12 helicopters.
Tyagi’s bail plea says that on November 19, 2003, the principal secretary to the then PM had observed in a meeting that due to the single vendor situation, and since the PM and President rarely flew to altitudes beyond 4,500 metres, the operational requirements were to be reduced from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres. Denying any of Tyagi’s complicity in the case, the bail plea argues, “Also, there is no allegation that the applicant ever attended any meeting or saw any file relating to this procurement proposal.”
Earlier on 9 December, Former Air Chief SP Tyagi was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged role in VVIP chopper Scam.
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