By INDIAN FLASH NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi: Gautam Khaitan, who is co-accused in the AgustaWestland chopper case, has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate. He has been arrested in money laundering charges.
The Enforcement Directorate made the arrest of Khaitan, who is a lawyer, on Friday. He has been arrested as per the black money act. It was last week that the Income Tax official raided his offices and other properties in the national capital.
The arrest is made after the ED is said to have got much evidence against Khaitan for having allegedly received the kickbacks in the various defence deals, including AgustaWestland,at the time of the United Progressive Alliance led by the Congress.
The Enforcement directorate officials believe that Khaitan was controlling the modus operandi of all the deals. It is allege that the money was routed through him through various accounts in different countries such as Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, UK and Switzerland. Moreover, it is also known to have been found some of the accounts were related to his shell companies.
In their separate charge sheets, the Central Bureau of Investigation and teh Enforcement directorate has named Khaitan. In the charge sheet of CBI, he has been named as the brain behind the chopper deal.
He was arrested earlier in 2014 in Agusta deal and was on bail. The CBI had arrested him along with Sanjeev Tyagi, who is also an accused in the case.
It is learned that the investigating agencies have got good lead in the case against Khaitana that has led to his arrest. As many as 34 foreign as well as Indian individuals have been named accused in the VVIP chopper case.
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