STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 30 September
A city court today granted bail to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, chargesheeted in a case of alleged forgery of a letter sent to the Prime Minister.
"Bail is granted on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of the like amount subject to conditions," said the special CBI Judge V K Gupta.
Tytler had appeared in the court today in pursuance to its summons and moved a bail plea, saying he was not required for any custodial interrogation.
Tytler’s counsel, Dinesh Mathur, said the Congress leader’s name was added in the chargesheet as an accused at the last moment and it cannot be a case of arrest as he has appeared before the court and section 420 (cheating) of IPC is not made out against Tytler.
However, the bail application was opposed by CBI prosecutor Atul Sharma who argued that Tytler is a very influential person and can tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses. The court, on 6 September, had taken cognisance of CBI’s chargesheet, which was filed on a complaint of then Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken that a forged letter on his letterhead was written to the Prime Minister by businessman Abhishek Verma seeking easing of business visa norms in 2009.
Both Tytler and Verma have been chargesheeted for offence of attempting to cheat under IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.