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VVIP Chopper Scam: CBI Court Grants Bail To Sanjeev Tyagi, Gautam Khaitan

The court has directed Tyagi and Khaitan to not contact any witnesses.

04/01/2017 4:33 PM IST | Updated 04/01/2017 4:44 PM IST
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Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the AgustaWestland case, outside the CBI office on May 6, 2016 in New Delhi, India.

NEW DELHI -- A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court on Wednesday granted bail to former Air Force Chief Sanjeev Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan against Rupees two lakh personal bond and one lakh surety in the VVIP AgustaWestland chopper scam.

The court has directed Tyagi and Khaitan to not contact any witnesses and to not leave National Capital Region (NCR) without permission.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the plea for a SIT probe against some journalists for writing in favour of AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal after being purportedly paid by the company.

The apex court also sought response from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate on PIL alleging that journalists were paid off ₹50 crore for writing in favour of the deal.

The CBI, however, is not able to ascertain the exact amount of money allegedly paid to former air chief S.P. Tyagi, the main accused in the case

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Arun Mishra agreed to hear noted journalist and author Hari Jaisingh's plea that the top court should intervene in the ongoing investigation of the CBI and ED and direct the two agencies to submit a status report on whether the media played a role in influencing the deal for VVIP helicopters.

The court asked Jaisingh, represented by senior advocate Geeta Luthra, to provide the CBI and ED with copies of his petition.

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