New Delhi: Patiala House Court on Monday further granted 5-day remand of Gautam Khaitan, accused in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of black money under the Black Money Act, news agency ANI reported. Earlier, the court had granted two-day custody.
Last week on Friday, Khaitan was arrested by the ED sleuths. PTI had reported that a fresh criminal case under the PMLA was filed by the ED against Khaitan on the basis of a case filed by the Income Tax Department against him under Section 51 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
Last year, middleman Christian Michel was brought to India following his extradition by the United Arab Emirates. He is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Both the agencies had notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him. However, he had denied the charges.
The Patiala House Court has sent Christian Michel to judicial custody till February 26.
On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over an alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.