NEW DELHI: The Rouse Avenue court on Friday took cognizance of the supplementary chargesheet which was filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 22 May against Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
This is the fifth chargesheet filed by the agency in this case. ED had also submitted in a sealed cover, the statement of accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena, some diaries suspected to contain names, details of the money trail and other case documents. ED had claimed before the court that the documents were being placed in a sealed cover in “public interest". “There is absolute clinching proof of his (Gupta’s) role in AgustaWestland in laundering of money," ED counsels D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta had said.
The court has also extended the judicial custody of Gupta till 18 September. A notice has also been issued by special CBI judge Arvind Kumar to Gupta and his two companies which are DM South India Hospitality Private Limited and American Portal who have been asked to appear before the court on 18 September. Gupta was produced by Tihar Jail authorities before the special CBI judge Arvind Kumar on Friday.
The ED had arrested Gupta on 26 March 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 ED here. Rajiv Saxena has also moved a plea to travel abroad which shall be heard on Monday.
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 probing agency after he was named by both Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta in the chopper scam. Ratul Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath.