A Dubai-based businessman wanted in the VVIP choppers case and a corporate aviation lobbyist has been deported to India regarding the high profile corruption case. Rajeev Shamsher Bahadur Saxena wanted in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP choppers money laundering case and lobbyist Deepak Talwar wanted by the Enforcement Directorate and CBI in a case of misusing over Rs 90 crore taken through the foreign funding route, were brought in a special plane to Delhi around 1.30 am. According to the officials, the two have been arrested by the ED. The agency has taken their custody, and they will be produced before a court here later in the day.
Saxena is also an accountant and he is being deported by Dubai authorities on the basis of a non-bailable warrant issued by a court on the request of the ED. Talwar has been charged with the offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery and under various sections of the FCRA for allegedly diverting Rs 90.72 crore worth of foreign funds which was originally meant for ambulances and other articles that was received by his own NGO from Europe's leading missile manufacturing company. His role in some aviation deals during the UPA government's regime is under the 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.
Summarizing the background of the case, on January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over an alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore paid by the firm for securing the deal.