Case of the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter: the Delhi court grants bail to an alleged defense agent

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, a court in Delhi granted bail to a suspected defense agent arrested in a money laundering Case related to the case of the VVIP helicopter scam.

Special judge Arvind Kumar granted relief from a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two guarantees of equal amount.

The court imposed several conditions on the defendant, including the fact that he will not tamper with the evidence and will not leave the country without the prior permission of the court.

The main defender Siddhartha Luthra, who showed up for Gupta, said the defendant had always cooperated with the investigation and will be available when required by the investigative agency as it has deep roots in India.

The request was opposed by special public prosecutors DP Singh and NK Matta, who said that the investigation was at an early stage and, if granted the help, the accused could flee from justice and impede the investigation.

On May 22, the agency had filed a supplemental charges sheet against Gupta, who was arrested by the ED under the Money Laundering Prevention Act and is currently in judicial custody.

There was definitive proof of Gupta's role in the helicopter scam, as well as in several other defense agreements, the agency's defender, Samvedna Verma, told the court.

According to the ED, Gupta's role in the case came to light on the basis of the revelations made by Rajeev Saxena, who became an approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.

It is suspected that Gupta has payment details of the Rs 3,600 crore agreement to purchase AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters.