The infamous AgustaWestland bribery scam that hit the news stand in February of 2013, where bribes were paid to various middlemen when India agreed to buy 12 AgustaWestland helicopters built by Italian defence manufacturing giant Finmeccanica. The purchase was cleared in 2010 by the previous United Progressive Alliance government.
Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was extradited to India from the UAE.The British national, is wanted in India in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers. Christian Michel has denied any wrongdoing, but agencies in India want to know the identity of Indians who received kickbacks in the purchase of the helicopters.
Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court Wednesday that it was trying to identify one “RG” whose initials have appeared multiple times during the case probe.”RG” in whose name entries of over Rs 50 crore were made in Sushen Mohan Gupta’s diaries.
‘RG’ identified by Gupta, as , Rajat Gupta, had admitted to having cash transactions with Sushen from 2007 onwards and the same are being quantified,” the agency told the court. Rajat denied the transactions which were made in the name of RG and said that he is not the person being referred to. The Enforcement Directorate believes that Sushen is deliberately not disclosing the identity of “RG”.
“Sushen Gupta is misguiding the investigation by deliberately giving wrong abbreviations in his diaries wherein abbreviation ‘RG’ find mention in many pages as well as in pen drive data,” stated the ED application.