A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, chargesheeted along with controversial businessman Abhishek Verma, 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 special CBI judge VK Gupta.
Tytler had appeared in the court on Monday 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 to the chargesheet as an accused at the last moment and a case for arrest is not made out as he has appeared before the court. Charges under Section 420 (cheating) of IPC is not made out against Tytler, he argued.
CBI prosecutor Atul Sharma opposed the bail, saying Tytler is a "very influential person" and can tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses.
The court, on September 6, had taken cognisance of CBI 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 Verma seeking easing of business visa norms in 2009.
Tytler and Verma had been chargesheeted for offence of attempting to cheat under IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Verma is lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with various cases lodged against him by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. Verma and his wife Anca Maria, who are presently in judicial custody, were also produced before the court during the hearing.
CBI has alleged that Tytler had "actively connived" with Verma to cheat a Chinese telecom firm and the Congress leader had first shown a "fake and forged" letter to the company's officials, claiming that it was written by Maken to the Prime Minister.
CBI, in its chargesheet, has said, "Investigation has, therefore, revealed that Jagdish Tytler had knowingly and actively connived with Abhishek Verma in attempting to cheat M/s ZTE Telecom India Pvt Ltd."