New Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Saturday adjourned the hearing on anticipatory bail plea of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar in a money laundering case for March 2.
The Delhi High Court on February 19 had sought response of an NGO on a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking custodial interrogation of Talwar, who is in judicial custody following his deportation from Dubai on January 30.
A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Anu Malhotra had sought response of NGO, Advantages India Private Ltd, with which Talwar was earlier associated as its president, and its secretary Manish Garg on the CBI’s application on earlier occasion.
In 2017, a case was lodged against the NGO, Talwar and others for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery and using forged document as genuine under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) for allegedly diverting Rs 90.72 crore worth of foreign funds meant for ambulances and other articles received by his NGO from Europe’s leading missile manufacturing company.
CBI’s counsel Rajdipa Behura had told the court that Talwar’s custodial interrogation was required to confront him with documents, dig out the conspiracy and to ascertain the actual beneficiary of the funds received by the NGO. The agency said the investigation had revealed that the foreign contribution received by the NGO was misused and diverted for some other purpose.
In the money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had alleged that Talwar had acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines, causing loss to national carrier Air India.
The court had listed the matter for further hearing on February 27.