AgustaWestland Scam: Congress era middleman Rajiv Saxena may turn approver in the VVIP chopper scam

The accused Saxena is likely to file an application seeking to grant a pardon as an accused and consent for becoming an approver in the alleged AgustaWestland money laundering case. 

Rajiv Saxena, a Congress era middleman, who was extradited from UAE for his alleged involvement in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam has given consent to the Enforcement Directorate to turn approver in the case, reports ANI.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is planning to make the middleman Saxena an approver in the VVIP chopper case and Saxena has reportedly given his consent for the same. The ED has now decided to seek approval from the court for making Saxena an approver in the case.

The accused Saxena is likely to file an application seeking to grant a pardon as an accused and consent for becoming an approver in the alleged AgustaWestland money laundering case, said the ANI report.

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On Tuesday, the Court had reserved its order on the bail plea filed by Saxena. Saxena sought bail on medical grounds and told the court that he was suffering from a “heart disease” and “advanced-stage leukaemia”. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) did not oppose Saxena’s bail plea provided he did not leave Delhi.

The Delhi court had earlier granted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) 7 days custody to interrogate extradited middlemen, Rajiv Saxena and Deepak Talwar, another alleged middleman of the UPA era, accused in the VVIP chopper scam.

Rajiv Saxena is accused in a money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland deal. He had filed an anticipatory bail plea in a Delhi court last month, which the ED had opposed. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had named him in a supplementary charge sheet filed in the VVIP Chopper scam in September 2017. Saxena and his wife Shivani Saxena are directors in two Dubai based companies, while he is a director in another Mauritius based company, and it is alleged that all those companies received proceeds of the kickbacks paid in the AgustaWestland deal.

Rakesh Saxena was extradited from UAE, along with another fugitive middleman Deepak Talwar in the same plane of the government of India on January 30, 2019, as both are accused in the VVIP chopper scam, has also been facing custodial interrogation by ED.

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