VVIP chopper case: Delhi court grants 7-day interim bail to Rajiv Saxena

Special Judge Arvind Kumar, while granting Saxena bail, asked AIIMS to file a detailed medical report on his health and posted the matter for February 22 when the case would be next heard.

Published: 14th February 2019 12:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2019 08:25 AM   |  A+A-

Rajeev Saxena

Rajiv Saxena, co-accused in AgustaWestland case. (Photo | ANI Twitter)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A court on Thursday granted bail for seven days to Rajiv Saxena, an accused in the AgustaWestland money-laundering case, and sought a medical report on him from AIIMS within a week.
Granting bail to Saxena, special judge Arvind Kumar directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh with two sureties of like amount.

It also said that Saxena would not leave the national capital without the permission of the court and he should not tamper with evidence or try to contact any witness. It also asked him to join the investigation when called by the investigating officer. 

“As per ED, the accused has fully cooperated during the investigation and they have not opposed his bail application. Further detailed report regarding his medical condition from AIIMS is awaited. Considering the overall facts and circumstances, Rajeev Saxena is admitted in interim bail till February 22,” the court said.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the court that the report submitted was not detailed enough and it did not contain his full medical history. The court directed the Tihar jail authorities and the counsel of Saxena to send the necessary medical documents to AIIMS.

The medical superintendent of AIIMS said that it was not possible to file his detailed medical report earlier as Saxena’s medical reports were not available when he was admitted on February 12. 

“Saxena was brought directly to AIIMS on February 12 at 8:30 pm and was examined by the Casualty Medical Officer and the casualty papers were handed over to the patient and were not retained by the hospital. Therefore it is not possible to submit any medical report without going through the casualty papers,” the medical superintendent said.

The court has put up the matter for next hearing on February 22.

The Enforcement Directorate had alleged that Saxena provided a corporate structure for laundering illeg al proceeds of the crime for payments to political figures, bureaucrats and Air Force officials to influence the contract to supply 12 VVIP helicopters in favour of AgustaWestland.

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