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AgustaWestland: ED arrests Dubai-based company director

| | New Delhi

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Shivani Rajiv Saxena, director of a Dubai-based company that was allegedly used to route bribe money in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.

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

"She is an active director of UHY Saxena, Dubai, and Matrix Holdings, through which proceeds have been routed and further layered and integrated in buying immovable assets and shares," the ED said.

The company also had links with Christian Michel (the middleman involved in the scam) global trade, commerce and global services.

The ED probe has so far revealed that AgustaWestland International Ltd, UK, allegedly paid 58 million euros as kickbacks through Gordian Services Sarl, Tunisia, & IDS Sarl, Tunisia.

"These companies further siphoned off the said money in the name of consultancy contracts to Interstellar Technologies Ltd, Mauritius, and others. The funds were further transferred to Dubai-based UHY Saxena, Matrix Holdings Ltd. and others," said an official.

The ED alleges that Saxena's husband is a beneficial owner of Interstellar Technologies Ltd, Mauritius. The two are partners/directors in UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings Limited.

"Both the companies received proceeds in their respective Dubai bank accounts from Interstellar Technologies Ltd. Ms. Saxena and her husband transferred huge amounts of money through their companies at Dubai to various other accounts," alleges the agency.

 

Saxena was produced in the Court of Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar on Monday, which sent her to four days of ED custody.

The counsel of the accused has also moved a bail application in connection to the matter, arguments on which will be heard on the next date of hearing which is July 21st.

ED said Saxena was asked to join investigations and was served four summons none to which she responded. She was arrested and brought to Delhi from Chennai.

This is the second arrest made by the ED in the case. In 2014, the ED arrested lawyer Gautam Khaitan for his alleged role in routing the kickbacks.

The money laundering probe is based on the investigation being conducted by the CBI. Last year, the CBI arrested former Air Chief S.P. Tyagi and two others.

 
 
 

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