AIIMS will verify if Rajiv Saxena, the accused-turned-approver in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, can be treated in India. PTI
AIIMS will verify if Rajiv Saxena, the accused-turned-approver in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, can be treated in India. PTI

Chopper scam: SC tells AIIMS to examine Saxena

  • In the same case, Delhi HC issued a notice to an alleged defence agent, Sushen Mohan Gupta, against his bail
  • The high court had given relief to Saxena, noting that he had already been granted bail on medical grounds before being pardoned and made an approver

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to examine the medical condition of Rajiv Saxena, the accused-turned-approver in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, and submit a report by 26 July. In the same case, the Delhi high court issued a notice to another alleged defence agent, Sushen Mohan Gupta, against his bail.

On 26 June, a vacation bench of the Supreme Court stayed a Delhi high court order, which had allowed Saxena to travel abroad on for the treatment of blood cancer and other ailments. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta had opposed the high court order on apprehensions that Saxena may not be returning to India. He also told the court that some new facts have come into light and that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon lodge a fresh FIR against Saxena.

The high court had given relief to Saxena, noting that he had already been granted bail on medical grounds before being pardoned and made an approver.

A division bench of the apex court comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha stated that AIIMS will verify if Saxena can be treated in India as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sought to restrain Saxena from going abroad for treatment.

“As per earlier order dated 26.06.2019, learned counsel for the respondent undertakes that the respondent will appear before the Board of Doctors to be constituted by the Director AIIMS on 2nd August, 2019. Let the report be sent to this Court within a week thereafter," the Supreme Court order said. The case will be next heard on 26 August.

Saxena, a director of Dubai-based firms UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings, has been named as one of the accused in the chargesheet filed by the ED in the 3,600-crore AgustaWestland scam.

Meanwhile, the Delhi high court on Thursday issued a notice to Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in a money laundering case related to the chopper scam. The ED has challenged the 1 June order of a trial court, which had granted bail to Gupta.

ED had arrested Gupta on 26 March in the VVIP chopper scam under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). According to the agency, Gupta’s involvement came to light following disclosures by Saxena. A single judge bench of Sunil Gaur listed the matter on 12 September.

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