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AgustaWestland: Non-bailable warrant against 3 foreigners

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New Delhi : A Delhi Court on Wednesday issued non-bailable warrant against three foreign nationals in connection with the multi-million dollar AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. The foreign nationals have been identified as GR Heshke, CV Gerosa and CM James.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi Court issued summons to former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi and others in the same case.

After taking cognizance of the chargesheet, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Arvind Kumar asked them to appear before the court on December 20.


In addition, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a second supplementary chargesheet against director of Dubai-based company, Shivani Saxena, in a money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper deal.

The chargesheet was filed before Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who listed the matter for further hearing on September 19.

The ED has chargesheeted Shivani Saxena under various charges dealing with Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

On September 13, a chargesheet was filed before a special court, against accused Air Chief Marshal Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi, lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, alleged middlemen Christian Michel, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini and former Finmeccanica chairman Giuseppe Orsi in the case.

On July 29, a Delhi court reserved order on bail plea of Shivani Saxena, an accused in the case.

The ED had earlier arrested Saxena, Director of Matrix Holdings Dubai, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in connection with the case.

Saxena is wife of Rajeev Shamsher Bahadur Saxena, a resident of Palm Jumeira, Dubai. She is an active director of UHY Saxena, Dubai and Matrix Holdings, through which the proceeds of deal was routed.

The investigation conducted and various documents collected so far revealed that AgustaWestland International Ltd., U.K. paid an amount of Euro 58 million as kickbacks through Gordian Services Sarl, Tunisia and IDS Sarl, Tunisia.

These companies further siphoned off the said money in the name of consultancy contracts to the Interstellar Technologies Ltd., Mauritius and others, which were further transferred to UHY Saxena, Dubai, Matrix Holdings Ltd. Dubai and others.