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Court grants bail to AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan in black money case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A Tuesday granted to chopper scam accused in a separate black money and laundering case.

granted relief to Khaitan on a personal bond or Rs 25 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

The court put various conditions on Khaitan, including that he will not tamper with the evidence or try to contact or influence the witnesses and join the investigation as and when called.

The court noted the submission made by senior Sidharth Luthra and P Dubey, appearing for Khaitan, that he joined the investigation as and when called and answered the questions put to him.

"He joined the probe even before the arrest and also during the police remand for 13 days. Even otherwise if the accused, at this stage, is required for investigation, he can be called to join the probe," told the court.

The court also noted that the case was based on documentary evidence and there was no likelihood that the accused may tamper with the evidence.

It further noted that the accused was 54-year old and had deep roots in the society.

The Enforcement Directorate's N Matta and Samvedna Verma had opposed the application, saying that the investigation was still going on and was at a crucial stage.

The agency had also expressed apprehension that if granted the bail, the accused may flee from justice.

The fresh criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was filed by the ED against Khaitan on the basis of a case lodged by the against him under the provisions of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 18:15 IST