New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday moved an application at a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court to revoke the “approver status" granted to Rajiv Saxena in the AugustaWestland case. ED has alleged that Saxena withheld information and didn’t disclose complete information.
Special Public Prosecution (SPP) D.P. Singh, appearing for ED, also alleged that he has misled the agency during the probe. The court will hear the matter on 21 October. Special judge Arvind Kumar has directed Rajiv Saxena to file a reply on this fresh plea. ED had earlier moved the court for cancellation of the bail granted to him.
The court had earlier allowed Saxena to turn approver and had also said that he will be pardoned if he fully cooperated with the agency and disclosed all information related to the corruption case.
The AgustaWestland case refers to a deal for 12 luxury choppers for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs when the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government was in power. Saxena, a director of Dubai-based firms UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings, was picked up by the United Arab Emirates state security in January 2019 and extradited to India.
The ED had also arrested Sushen Mohan Gupta on 26 March in the VVIP choppers deal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Michel were also arrested by the agency.