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Christian Michel-front Rajiv Saxena, Who Was Deported From Dubai, Could Turn Approver In Agusta Case

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Christian Michel aide and Agusta Westland accused Rajiv Saxena has shown interest to turn approver in the case, say sources
  • Sources have said that Saxena is likely to move an application to become an approver

Christian Michel aide and AgustaWestland accused Rajiv Saxena has shown interest to turn approver in the case, say sources.

Sources have said that Saxena is likely to move an application to become an approver.

In case he moves the application, the Enforcement Directorate will need to take the decision on the same. 

Saxena becoming an approver will be crucial as Saxena allegedly has the knowledge of bribes paid in the deal and how the money for bribes moved through shell companies, as well as the role of Christian Michel and Gautam Khaitan.

Details about the money trail, about who received the money, who influenced whom, are likely to be revealed, if Saxena turns approver.

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As per information, Rajiv Saxena has allegedly played a pivotal role in laundering kickbacks from the Indian Air Force’s deal with British manufacturer AgustaWestland to buy a dozen helicopters for use by VVIPs. He is a Dubai based Chartered Accountant who had allegedly laundered kickbacks in the deal. He had been named in the third ED chargesheet in this case, and had even Non Bailable Warrants (NBW) issued against him after he failed to join the investigative agency's investigation despite repeated summons

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED), which are probing the case, had last year managed to bring Christian Michel, a British national who was allegedly a middleman in the deal, to India from the UAE. Deepak Talwar and Rajiv Saxena were picked up by Dubai authorities in January  "in assistance" to a request made by Indian agencies.

Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar is accused of concealing income of more than Rs 1,000 crore as well as facilitating civil aviation contracts during the UPA regime. He was also named as one of the accused in the Air Asia scam and had fled the country back in 2018 after allegedly syphoning Rs 90 crore.

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