Black money cuffs on lawyer accused in AgustaWestland case
A Delhi court on Saturday sent lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, to two days' ED custody in connection with a separate case of alleged possession of black money and of money laundering.
During the court proceedings, the ED's special public prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta said the present case had nothing to do with the alleged AgustaWestland scam.
Metropolitan magistrate Neetu Sharma sent the accused to custody after the Enforcement Directorate alleged that he was operating several foreign accounts illegally and thereby possessed black money.
Khaitan's advocate P.K. Dubey opposed the ED's submissions and accused the agency of forging documents, saying the present case was related to AgustaWestland case for which Khaitan was already being prosecuted and is out on bail. He claimed that the case number of the present case is that of the AgustaWestland case.
The fresh criminal case was filed by the ED against Khaitan on the basis of some findings by the Income Tax Department against him under Section 51 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.