The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a chargesheet before a Delhi court in the 2013 AgustaWestland multi-crore scam, accusing businessman Gautam Khaitan and others, including two Italian nationals, of laundering money.
Khaitan was the first person to be arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore helicopter bribery scam involving several government officials and Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland. The ED arrested the lawyer-cum-businessman in September and he is currently in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
ED sources told HT that the 80-page chargesheet named Khaitan, his wife Ritu, Chandigarh-based firm Aeromatrix and two Italian middlemen, Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, as accused. The CBI is also probing the case in which 70 million euros were allegedly paid as kickback.
All have been accused of laundering money and charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), sources said. The ED has relied upon several transactions made by Khaitan and his wife and his association with the company Aeromatrix, where he was a director.
The ED had earlier told the court that Khaitan was actively involved in the illegal transactions and was one of the beneficiaries of the deal.
Earlier this week, the Delhi High Court reserved its order on Khaitan’s bail appeal.