New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue CBI court in Delhi has dismissed the bail plea of alleged middleman Sushen Mohan Gupta in the AgustaWestland money laundering case on Saturday. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the bail relief to Gupta whose judicial custody would expire on Saturday and order is yet to be passed on it.

Sushen Mohan Gupta is one of the alleged defence agents who was arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Gupta’s role in the chopper scam case came to light after Rajiv Saxena made some disclosures in this regard, said the probe agency. Saxena was turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.

According to a report by The Economic Times, ED is probing two diaries that allegedly belong to Sushen Mohan Gupta. The diaries reportedly mentioned the contracts that Gupta was involved in other than the VVIP chopper deal, including deals between India and France.

Meanwhile, a special CBI Court in Delhi on Thursday dismissed the interim bail application of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland case, which sought on religious grounds. 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.

Michel was arrested by ED on December 22 after his extradition from Dubai. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the chopper scam by ED and Central Bureau of Investigation. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. In a chargesheet filed on September 1, 2017, the CBI had named Michel as one of the accused.

(With agency inputs)