ED challenges a special court order granting bail to Khaitan, saying it would affect the probe since he is a key person and there was reasonable apprehension of his influencing witnesses
ED says there was no material change in the circumstances of the case as investigation on certain crucial aspects of the case is ongoing
NEW DELHI :
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday moved the Delhi high court seeking the cancellation of bail to AgustaWestland accused Gautam Khaitan in another case allegedly involving black money and laundering.
The agency has challenged a special court’s order granting bail to Khaitan, saying it would affect the investigation since Khaitan is a key person and that there was reasonable apprehension of his influencing witnesses.
The AgustaWestland case refers to alleged bribes paid in the acquisition of helicopters from the now-defunct company for use by Indian VVIPs.
The ED argued in the high court that there was no material change in the circumstances of the case as investigation on certain crucial aspects of the case is ongoing. It added that Khaitan's past conduct needs to be considered. The ED said he has disowned the ownership of his foreign bank accounts despite clinching evidence, and that further investigation in the money laundering case was needed. The agency said the case was filed on the basis of a case filed by the income tax department against Khaitan under the provisions of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
The agency also claimed that the investigation has revealed that black money had been laundered by Khaitan through several shell companies incorporated overseas, as reported by PTI.