VVIP chopper scam: Order reserved on Shivani Saxena's plea

ANI | Updated: Jan 10, 2018 17:27 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 10 (ANI): A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court on Wednesday reserved its order for January 11 on the plea of Shivani Saxena, an accused in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, seeking permission to visit abroad for 15 days.

Saxena is an ''active'' director of Dubai-based UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings, which were allegedly used to route bribe money paid in exchange for a Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal to sell 12 AgustaWestland helicopters to the Indian government.

In October 2017, the court had sought the Enforcement Directorate's response on Saxena's bail plea.

Earlier, Saxena's bail plea was rejected by the CBI court.

The Enforcement Directorate had earlier arrested Saxena under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in the case.

Saxena is the wife of Rajeev Shamsher Bahadur Saxena, a resident of Palm Jumeira, Dubai.

During the investigation and the documents that had been collected so far revealed that the Agusta Westland International Ltd., U.K. paid an amount of Euro 58 million as kickbacks through Gordian Services Sarl, Tunisia and IDS Sarl, Tunisia.

These companies further siphoned off the said money in the name of consultancy contracts to the Interstellar Technologies Ltd., Mauritius, and others, which were further transferred to UHY Saxena, Dubai, Matrix Holdings Ltd. Dubai and others. (ANI)