AgustaWestland deal: NRI businessman Rajiv Saxena flown to Delhi from Dubai


On Wednesday the authorities deported Rajiv Saxena , a key accused in the Rs 3,600 crore Agusta-Westland VVIP chopper case, to India from the UAE. Last month, the authorities had extradited Christian Michel James to New Delhi from Dubai. He is the alleged middleman in the helicopter deal and is currently in judicial custody.

The Delhi court has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him.
 Saxena has challenged this warrant and through his advocates, has also filed an anticipatory bail application.

Saxenas’s Senior advocate Geeta Luthra has said, “Rajiv Saxena is suffering from leukaemia, diabetes and has previously had stents in his heart… this illegal deportation is unprecedented… even Christian Michel went through the legal process before his extradition”.

In July 2017, the Enforcement Directorate had arrested Saxena’s wife Shivani in connection with its probe into alleged money laundering in the deal. However, the ED said that Shivani, during questioning, expressed ignorance about a large number of transactions. According to her Rajiv alone knew about it.

Saxena is likely to be produced before the Patiala House Courts Thursday morning.

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