NEW DELHI: The Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the cancellation of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s son Aditya Talwar for Wednesday. Aditya Talwar had moved the Rouse Avenue court last week seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him.
Advocate Manu Sharma, appearing for Aditya Talwar, argued that the summons was not served properly as Aditya Talwar does not reside in this country.
He argued: “The most important thing is where exactly the man residing. ED (Enforcement Directorate) itself says that he is not residing in India. If I am not residing in India, where did you serve me? Where did you serve me? They said that three summons were sent to me. Who received it? On what basis they secured non-bailable warrant on this? They continue to say that they are not disclosing my address. Service has not been produced. How worthy is this case? Summons weren’t served. I don’t know even if they are on record!"
On the other hand, D.P. Singh, counsel for ED, argued Aditya Talwar was still using Indian passport. He said, “He hasn’t renounced Indian citizenship. He has to apply for that and renunciation has to be done. Till date, he is still using Indian passport. Let him prove that."
The Rouse Avenue court had earlier dismissed the bail application of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar. Taking cognizance of the ED charge sheet, the court had issued a non-bailable warrant against his son Aditya Talwar, who has also been made an accused in the charge sheet. Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj had issued a production warrant against Deepak Talwar, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
On 8 May, the Delhi High Court asked the ED to file a reply in a plea made by Aditya Talwar in a money laundering case against him related to alleged irregularities in the Indian aviation sector during the United Progressive Alliance government. The court had also asked him to approach the special court for the cancellation of non-bailable warrant.
Deepak Talwar's role in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance's regime at the Centre is under scanner. Talwar was booked by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in criminal cases of corruption, while the Income Tax Department charged him with tax evasion, PTI has reported.
Deepak Talwar has been accused of having obtained undue favours for the private airlines using his contacts. It was also alleged that he had acted as a middleman to favour foreign private airlines, causing huge loss to national carrier Air India.
The probe agency arrested Deepak Talwar when he landed in India in February.