In a major break-through boost to agencies probing high-profile corruption cases, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a Duba-based businessman wanted in the Augusta Westland VVIP choppers scam. A corporate aviation lobbyist also has been deported to India.
Rajeev Shamsher Bahadur Saxena wanted in Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP choppers money laundering case and lobbyist Deepak Talwar wanted by the ED and the CBI in a case of misusing over Rs 90 crore taken through the foreign funding route, were brought in a special plane to Delhi around 1:30 AM.
The agency has taken their custody and they will be produced before a Delhi court later today. The development comes nearly two months after the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper case. He is currently in judicial custody.
Talwar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and under various sections of the FCRA 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. His role in some aviation deals during the UPA government’s regime is under scanner.