On Tuesday, Delhi High Court has granted bail to AgustaWestland Chopper scam convict Gautam Khaitan in a separate black money and laundering case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar has offered him relief on a personal bond or Rs. 25 lakh and two guarantors of like amount.
Besides granting bail, the court has imposed various conditions on Mr. Khaitan, including he will not tamper with the evidence or even try to influence or contact the witness and join the investigation as and when asked.
It further noted that the submission made by senior advocate Sidharth Luthra and advocate P K Dubey, appeared for Mr. Khaitan, that he will join the investigation as required and answered the queries put to him.
Advocate Dubey told the court that “He joined the probe even before the arrest and also during the police remand for 13 days. Even otherwise if the accused, at this stage, is required for investigation, he can be called to join the probe.”
The court further noted that the case was based on recorded evidence and there was no prospect that the convict may tamper with the evidence.
However, Enforcement Directorate’s special public prosecutor N K Matta and advocate Samvedna Verma had opposed the bail application, claims that the investigation continued and at a crucial stage.
The ED had further expressed anxiety that if offered bail, Mr. Khaitan may flee from justice.
It has also filed a fresh criminal case under PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) against Gautam Khaitan on the basis of a case lodged by the IT Department against him under the provisions of Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.