New Delhi: Alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland money laundering case Sushen Mohan Gupta has been sent to judicial custody till May 9, stated news agency ANI. He was produced before special CBI judge Arvind Kumar by the Tihar Jail authorities on Friday.

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 had turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.

Meanwhile, a special court on Friday reserved the order on Enforcement Directorate’s (ED’s) application seeking issuance of open-ended Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) against a Saudi based Investor/ businessman for alleged links to the AgustaWestland money laundering case.

Notably, the 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 ED 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)