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New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue court on Friday extended the judicial custody of alleged defence agent Sushen Mohan Gupta, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam case, till 9 May. Gupta was produced by Tihar Jail authorities before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Arvind Kumar today, after his bail plea was rejected last month.

The Enforcement Directorate arrested Gupta on 26 March in the 3,600-crore VVIP choppers deal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. According to the agency, Gupta's involvement came to light following disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who recently turned approver in the case after he was deported from the United Arab Emirates and arrested by the Enforcement Directorate here.

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Michel were also arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the case. Hindustan Power Projects Pvt Ltd chairman Ratul Puri was also summoned by the probe agency after he was named by both Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta in the chopper scam. Ratul Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath.

In January, 2014, India scrapped a contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks worth 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

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