Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s bail plea denied, ED questions wife Deepa
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday continued their questioning of Deepa Talwar, the wife of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, in a money laundering case, even as a Delhi court turned down his bail plea. Talwar has been in ED custody since January 31 when he was deported from Dubai.
Deepa Talwar’s questioning has been going on since April 24. Today was the third time that she has appeared before the ED since then.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court, taking cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate’s chargesheet against Deepak Talwar, issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against his son Aditya after he, too, was named as an accused.
In its chargesheet, the ED claimed that Talwar had been in touch with former Aviation minister Praful Patel and that he had finalised various communications on behalf of Emirates, Air Arabia that were addressed to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the then minister Praful Patel.
Talwar was allegedly involved in securing traffic rights for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways illegally in exchange for money. He is being questioned and investigated for the same.
The investigation against Talwar began in August 2017 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after the CBI filed an FIR against some aviation ministry officers, Air India and some unknown private persons along with the National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL).
In its submission in court, the ED claimed that the companies associated with Talwar had received payments of more than Rs 230 crore in connection with the case.
The court is scheduled to hear the case next on May 9.
Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar has been accused of criminal conspiracy and forgery under the IPC and under various other sections of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.