Court to consider ED's charge sheet in AgustaWestland chopper scam tomorrow

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today told a Delhi court that it has enough evidence to prosecute former AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica directors Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini.

Published: 23rd July 2018 06:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 06:55 PM   |  A+A-

Image of the the AgustaWestland helicopter. (File)


NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today told a Delhi court that it has enough evidence to prosecute former AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica directors Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, and others for alleged money laundering in the VVIP chopper case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar reserved for tomorrow the order on whether to take cognisance on the charge sheet filed by special public prosecutor N K Matta, and summon Orsi, Spagnolini and others as accused in the case.

In the charge sheet, the ED said it had recorded unimpeachable evidence supporting the allegations against all the accused persons.

The probe agency had on July 18 filed a supplementary charge sheet, through advocate Yashu Khurana, accusing Orsi, Spagnolini and ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi, besides others, of money laundering in the case.

It accused 34 Indian and foreign individuals and companies, including Tyagi, Italian middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, lawyer Gautam Khaitan and Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland, of laundering money to the tune of around 28 million Euro.

The probe report also claimed that the kickbacks were paid by AgustaWestland through two different channels.

The ED, in its charge sheet, has alleged that money was laundered through multiple foreign companies, which were used as fronts to park the alleged kickbacks.

The agency said it may file more supplementary charge sheets in the matter.

On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over an alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks of Rs 423 crore paid by it to secure the deal.

The accused named in the charge sheet include Guido Haschke, Carlo Gerosa, S P Tyagi, his cousins Rajiv Tyagi and Sanjeev Tyagi, advocate Gautam Khaitan and his wife Ritu Khaitan, Shivani Saxena and her husband Rajeev Saxena, both directors of two Dubai-based firms, Besides, the final report also named various Indian and foreign firms, including Finmeccanica SPA, AgustaWestland, Aeromatrix Info Solution Ltd, Windsor Group Holdings, Ismax International Ltd, Cricklewood Ltd, Long Lasting Ltd, Matrix Holding Pvt Ltd, UHY Saxena, Dubai Interstellar Technologies Ltd, O P Khaitan and Co, International Mediterranean Consulting, Tunisia, Infotech Design Systems Gordian Services.

"Khaitan, the mastermind behind laundering the proceeds of crime in the present case, was known to the accused persons Gerosa, Haschke and the Tyagi brothers.

He prepared a corporate structure of companies and got incorporated several legal entities across the globe.

"Thereafter, the proceeds of crime were laundered through various companies in Tunisia, Mauritius, India, BVI, Singapore, Switzerland, Dubai etc," according to the charge sheet.

It further claimed that Khaitan also received proceeds of crime in personal bank accounts opened in his name and the accounts of his companies in India and abroad, M/s Windsor Holding Group Ltd, M/s Ismax International Ltd and M/s O P Khaitan & Co.

The ED had earlier attached properties worth Rs 10 crore and froze shares worth more than Rs 150 crore belonging to the Tyagi brothers, Gautam Khaitan, Gerosa, Haschke, Christian Michel James and Rajiv Saxena.

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  • Lone Ranger

    No cognizance will be taken of the fact that Tyagi declared all his income to both the CBI and the ED and they have found nothing against him for the past 4-5 years. No heed will also be taken of the fact that our investigative agencies miraculously wake up and file chargesheets against the former Air Chief either a week before or the week of a Parliamentary session starting. No one will care that the Supreme Court of Italy has dismissed this case after giving a verdict that no bribery has happened. We will continue to harass our ex-servicemen till no child ever wants to join the Armed Froces of India - but that's a small price to pay for the thrill of playing politics in parliament.
    8 months ago reply
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