Former Finance Minister from UPA government P Chidamabaram has disregarded the Centre's efforts to bring back Rajeev Saxena and Deepak Talwar from Dubai.
Rajeev Saxena is co-accused in Agusta scam and Christian Michel's aide and Deepak Talwar is a corporate lobbyist. Both were accused in corruption in the defence deals.
"When government becomes prosecutor, judge, jury, they can claim anything. Let them file the case, try the case, punish the guilty, Only when the court punishes somebody, we can say we have achieved something," he said.
P Chidambaram also attacked the Centre over the resignations of two members of National Statistical Commission saying the government is only interested in destroying institutions.
"They have destroyed this institution as well... the unemployment rate is at high because no jobs have been created," he said.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy heaped praises on the Modi government for unprecedented speed by which Talwar and Saxena were extradited from Dubai.
"I think PM Narendra Modi deserves congratulations, for his diplomacy, inculcating basic interests of UA. Dubai and UAE are no more sanctuaries for crooks from India. This is a big danger for Congress as prominent leaders may be in jail and unavailable for campaigning for general elections. This is unprecedented in Indian history, entire credit goes to PM Modi," he said
On Rajeev Saxena and his lawyer claiming that the extradition process was illegal, he retorted.
"Are they saying UAE government also complicit in our illegalities? what are they talking about," he said.
Both Deepak Talwar and Rajeev Saxena were picked up by Dubai authorities on Wednesday "in assistance" to a request made by Indian agencies. This follows the extradition of Christian Michel from Dubai a few months ago.
Talwar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and under various sections of the FCRA for allegedly diverting Rs 90.72 crore worth of foreign funds meant for ambulances and other articles received by his NGO from Europe's leading missile manufacturing company. His role in some aviation deals during the UPA government's regime is under scanner.
Talwar has been booked by the ED and the CBI in criminal cases of corruption, even as the Income Tax Department has charged him with tax evasion.
The ED had summoned Rajeev Saxena, a resident of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, multiple times in the case and had arrested his wife Shivani Saxena from the Chennai airport in July, 2017. She is now out on bail. The ED had alleged that Rajeev, his wife and their two Dubai-based firms-- Ms UHY Saxena, Dubai and Ms Matrix Holdings -- routed "the proceeds of crime and further layered and integrated in buying the immovable properties/shares among others".
The ED had said that its probe found that "Agusta Westland International Ltd, UK paid an amount of Euro 58 million as kickbacks through Gordian Services Sarl, Tunisia and IDS Sarl, Tunisia.