New Delhi: The hearing in accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena’s application has been deferred for tomorrow, stated news agency ANI. Saxena, who was involved in the AgustaWestland case, sought permission to travel abroad in the month of May to Europe, UK and Dubai on grounds of medical ailments. However, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sought one more day time to file reply on the application, therefore the case has been deferred, stated news agency ANI.
Last month, the ED had told a Delhi court that it supported AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal accused Rajiv Saxena’s plea to become an approver and days after that the court on March 25 granted the plea. Thus Saxena became an approver in the case with the approval of a special CBI court in the national capital.
Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh had told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that the agency had examined Saxena’s statement and that he would be an important witness in the case. The court had listed the matter for March 25. United Arab Emirates security agencies picked up Saxena from his Dubai residence on January 30 and extradited him to India the same night.
Earlier, when Saxena was granted bail on medical grounds, his bail application was not opposed by the ED. Thereafter Saxena, in connivance with lawyer Gautam Khaitan, provided the global corporate structure that laundered money for payment to various political leaders, bureaucrats and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials in order to influence the contract for supplying 12 VVIP helicopters in favour of AgustaWestland, according to the ED.
Meanwhile, a special CBI Court in Delhi on April 18 dismissed the interim bail application of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the seven-day interim bail to Michel which he sought to celebrate Easter with family. The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on April 4.
(With agency inputs)