This clarification has generated political heat with the Congress launching an attack against the BJP for using the issue to heap corruption allegations against Sonia Gandhi
The pleas had claimed Christian Michel James made no attempt to tamper with documentary evidence or to obstruct the judicial process in any other manner.
Can be punished for five years if guilty, have spent three years in jail already: Agusta Westland accused to HC
The judge, who was hearing the British national's bail plea in the CBI case, asked the counsel for the probe agency to respond to the aspect of maximum punishment in case of conviction.
Leonardo SpA, which was earlier known as Finmeccanica, and AgustaWestland were banned in 2014 in the wake of allegations of corruption in a Rs 3,500-crore VVIP helicopters deal.
The directorate of civil aviation, which has tried to sell off this chopper about a dozen times in the past, had fixed its price at Rs 4.5 crore.
The judge also took strong note of the British High Commission directly communicating to the court about Michel without moving an application saying it was not permissible.
Christian Michel is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail in connection with Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.
A special CBI court had recently granted bail to Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
Puri will however remain in jail as he was also arrested in another case -- the one related to bank fraud.
Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Ratul Puri told the court that there is no evidence that his client had received money through two channels.
The court had dismissed his bail plea previously.
The BJP government in the state is battling allegations of corruption in the chopper deal on the purchase of a helicopter from AgustaWestland in 2006-07 for VVIP use.
Earlier this week, INS Kiltan-Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvettes joined the eastern naval command but without any offensive capability which ca be useful to detect enemy submarines.
Delhi court dismissed the bail plea of a woman director of two Dubai-based firms in money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, saying allegations against her were serious.
The arrest of the European middleman was made on the basis of an Interpol notice activated by the ED in connection with its money laundering probe in the ₹3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case.