The Dubai-based businessman (left) was extradited to India on 31 January in connection with the  ₹3,600-crore scam case relating to the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland (Photo: PTI)
The Dubai-based businessman (left) was extradited to India on 31 January in connection with the 3,600-crore scam case relating to the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland (Photo: PTI)

Chopper scam: ED moves court to revoke 'approver' status of middleman Saxena

  • The agency told the Special Judge that Saxena, a middleman-turned-approver, withheld information and did not make the compete disclosure during the investigation
  • The court sought Saxena's reply on ED's application and posted the matter for hearing on 21 October

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.

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