VVIP Chopper Scam: Delhi Court Defers Recording of Co- Accused Rajeev Saxena’s Statement till Tomorrow

A Patiala House Court on Tuesday deferred the recording of statement of Rajiv Saxena till tomorrow. Saxena had recently moved an application to turn an ‘approver’ in the
AgustaWestland case. Saxena will record his statement before additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal during an in-chamber hearing under section 306 of the
Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Earlier on February 27, Rajeev Saxena had moved an application before Special CBI Judge
Arvind Kumar to become an approver in the case. He had told the court that he was not under any pressure and that no assurance was given to him, neither any sought from him.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the matter, is being represented by
Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh and advocate Naveen Matta, while senior advocate Geeta Luthra and advocate Shivani Luthra are defending Saxena.

Earlier on February 25, Delhi Court granted conditional bail to Rajeev Saxena, who was arrested in the ₹3,600-crore Agusta Westland money-laundering case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted relief to Rajeev Kumar on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 5 Lakh and two sureties of a similar amount.

The court also imposed certain conditions on Saxena and said he will not tamper with evidence and join the investigation as and when called. The court further said Saxena should not leave the country without its permission.

Saxena, a director of two Dubai-based firms – UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings, is one of the accused named in the charge sheet filed by ED in the AgustaWestland case.

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On January 1, 2014, Indian Government cancelled the contract with AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force over the alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this findings has alleged there was an estimated loss of 398.21 million euro (approximately Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010, for the supply of VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euro.

While the Enforcement Directorate in his Charge Sheet dated June 2016 has alleged he received 30 million euros (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.

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