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 May 23. 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 (ED) arrested Gupta on Mar 26 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 probe agency here.
Lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Michel were also arrested by the ED in the case. Hindustan Power Projects Pvt. Ltd Chairman Ratul Puri was also summoned by the probe agency after he was named by both Saxena and Gupta in the chopper scam. 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.