On Tuesday, the Enforcement Directorate had arrested a defence agent from Delhi, who was involved in Rs. 3600-crore VVIP chopper scam, reports an official. They detailed that Sushen Mohan Gupta was detained yesterday evening by ED officials, under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act).
Mr. Gupta has reportedly dealt in defence deals, was also involved in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Today, he will be produced before a special PMLA court in Delhi, added the ED official.
The ED official continued that Mr. Gupat’s role in the case came highlighted on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who recently has turned approver in the scam, after he was banished from the United Arab Emirates and detained in Delhi by the Enforcement Directorate.
They also informed that “it is suspected that Mr. Gupta has in his possession some payment details in the purchase of VVIP choppers and the link is to be unraveled.” Hence, he has been arrested.
On January 2014, India has dismissed the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying of 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to IAF over reported violation of contractual obligations and charges of paying advances to the tune of Rs.423 crore by it for securing the deal.
The ED and CBI have filed numerous charge sheets in the case and also named ex-IAF Chief SP Tyagi and his family as alleged besides others.