AgustaWestland chopper scandal: Arms dealer arrested

Arms dealer Sushen Mohan Gupta is reportedly involved in several defence deals including the AgustaWestland helicopter deal

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AgustaWestland in court

1. The AgustaWestland helicopter case has seen another arrest: that of arms dealer Sushen Mohan Gupta

2. Gupta is reportedly involved in several defence deals

3. The ED earlier arrested lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Mitchell in this connection

4. On 1 January 2014, India had cancelled the deal for 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters to the IAF

5. The CBI and ED have filed several charge sheets in the case, including one against then Air Chief SP SP Tyagi and members of his family

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested an arms dealer from Delhi in connection with the alleged scandal in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.

Officials said on Tuesday that the agency officials arrested Sushen Mohan Gupta on Monday night under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

They said that Gupta was reportedly involved in several defence deals including the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

Gupta will be presented before the special PMLA court on Tuesday.

The ED earlier arrested lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Mitchell in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter bribing scandal.

The investigating officers said that Gupta’s role was revealed in the disclosures made recently by the government witness in the case. Saxena was extradited from the UAE and the ED arrested him here.

They said it is suspected that Gupta has some information regarding the payment for VVIP helicopters. His contacts have to be ascertained, which is why they arrested him.

On 1 January 2014, India had cancelled the deal with AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica, Britain, that was to supply 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters to the Indian Air Force. India had accused the company of violating the terms of the deal and giving a bribe of Rs 423 crore to acquire the deal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ED have filed several charge sheets in the case. Many people, including former Air Chief SP Tyagi and members of his family, have been named as accused in the case.