AgustaWestland co-accused Saxena, lobbyist Talwar extradited to India from UAE

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jan 2019 08:33:51



AGUSTAWESTLAND chopper deal co-accused Rajiv Saxena and corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar were on Wednesday extradited from United Arab Emirates (UAE) for India in another breakthrough for the Government which managed successful extradition of Christian Michel James in December last year, an official said. Sources said an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team headed by an Inspector General rank officer and senior officials of Ministry of External Affairs and other officials of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) were taking them to Delhi from Dubai in a special aircraft. The flight carrying the accused will reach Delhi late on Wednesday night, sources added.

Saxena was reportedly picked up by the UAE security authorities from his residence on Wednesday morning and extradited to India in the evening for his pivotal role in laundering the money received to pay kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland scandal. The ED in its supplementary chargesheet had elaborated on how the bribe money paid to clinch the chopper deal was “layered” and projected as “untainted money” by creating “fictitious invoices.”

In its chargesheet, the ED has mentioned how fictitious engineering contracts were created to hide the kickbacks allegedly paid by AgustaWestland to companies directly controlled by lawyer Gautam Khaitan, now under ED custody, and his associate Saxena, a co-accused in the case.