New Delhi: Providing relief to accused AgustaWestland middleman Rajeev Saxena, the Patiala House Court on Thursday granted interim bail to him for seven days, with the next hearing scheduled for 22 February.
The court’s relief to Saxena comes just a day after senior officials revealed that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was likely to make Saxena an approver in the AgustaWestland case, with Saxena being privy to sensitive information pertaining to bribes paid to Indian players in the case as well as knowledge about the roles of co-accused Christian Michel and Gautam Khaitan.
On 30 January, Saxena was picked up by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state security and extradited to India.
Saxena has been named an accused in the third supplementary charge sheet filed by the ED in July 2018.
The ED in its charge sheet alleged that co-accused Gautam Khaitan had received proceeds of crime in bank accounts opened in his name and in accounts of his companies in India and abroad -- M/s Windsor Holding Group Ltd., M/s Ismax International Ltd and M/s O.P Khaitan & Co.
According to the agency’s charge sheet, Saxena had transferred money from Interstellar to his Dubai-based companies UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings Limited. Along with with Khaitan, he was also instrumental in incorporating various companies that were used for laundering money in Dubai.