New Delhi: The Patiala House Court on Thursday granted interim bail to AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam co-accused Rajeev Saxena till February 22, apart from asking him to furnish two bail sureties of Rs 5 lakh each.

Rajeev Saxena had moved a bail plea on Tuesday, citing health issues, following which the court had demanded his medical report from Delhi AIIMS.

The court on Tuesday had extended the judicial custody of Rajeev Saxena till February 18, despite the Enforcement Directorate (ED) clarifying that they did not need him in remand anymore in the Rs 3,600 crore AugustaWestland case.

A Delhi court had earlier aso issued a non-bailable warrant against Saxena after it surfaced that he did not join the investigation despite repeated summons.

ABOUT RAJEEV SAXENA

Rajeev Saxena is facing money laundering charges for allegedly paying off various politicians and bureaucrats to influence the 2007 contract to supply 12 VVIP helicopters in favour of AugustaWestland.

The chargesheet filed by the ED read that Saxena played a crucial role in providing the corporate structure to felicitate kickbacks from the India Air Force’s (IAF) deal with AugustaWestland.

The ED in its supplementary chargesheet elaborated on how the bribe money paid to clinch the AgustaWestland chopper deal was “layered” and projected as “untainted money” by creating “fictitious invoices”.

It also mentioned how fictitious engineering contracts were created to hide the kickbacks allegedly paid by AgustaWestland to companies directly controlled by lawyer Gautam Khaitan — now in ED custody — and Rajiv Saxena.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) security authorities picked up Saxena from his residence in Dubai on January 30 and extradited him to India later that night, along with corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar.