NEW DELHI : In another critical breakthrough for investigating agencies in India, another co-accused in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, Rajiv Saxena, was picked up by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state Security on Wednesday morning, and extradited to India.

While Saxena was picked up from his Dubai home, his lawyers alleged that he had been “illegally extradited."

Saxena has a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against his name and was been named as an accused in the third supplementary charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in July 2018.

While Saxena had been evading the probe agency’s summons on the pretext of suffering from fourth-stage leukaemia, Saxena had moved a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court for anticipatory bail in December, stating that he had never been summoned at his Dubai address.

The ED in July filed a third chargesheet against 34 accused persons and companies including Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former Directors of Finmeccanica and Agustawestland, former IAF chief S P Tyagi and others in the case of AgustaWestland VVIP Case.

The ED in its chargesheet alleged that co-accused Gautam Khaitan had received proceeds of the crime in personal bank accounts opened in his name and the accounts of his companies in India and abroad, namely M/s Windsor Holding Group Ltd., M/s Ismax International Ltd and M/s O.P Khaitan & Co.

Further, his associate Rajiv Saxena, a Dubai based businessman, was a Director and Shareholder of Interstellar Technologies Ltd, Mauritius which was one of the main fronts used for laundering the proceeds of crime in the said case.

Further, according to the agency’s chargesheet, Saxena had also transferred proceeds of the crime from Interstellar to his Dubai based companies UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings Limited. Along with with Gautam Khaitan, he was also instrumental in incorporating various companies which were used for laundering the proceeds of crime in Dubai.

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