The ED also accused Sushen Mohan Gupta of influencing witnesses in the case and told the court that he also tried to destroy evidence.
NEW DELHI — While opposing the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, alleged defence agent arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said there was a likelihood of him fleeing the country like 36 other businessmen who had criminal cases against them.
The ED told special judge Arvind Kumar that 36 businessmen, including Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, have fled the country in the recent past.
The probe agency’s special public prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta countered Gupta’s claim that he had deep roots in society, saying, “Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Sandesara brothers (Sterling Biotech Ltd promoters) had deeper routes in the society yet they left the country. There are such 36 businessmen who fled from the country in the last few years.”
In the course of argument, ED’s advocate Samvedna Verma told the court that the probe was at a crucial stage and the agency was trying to find out who was “RG” referred in Gupta’s diaries.
Samvedna Verma also accused Gupta of influencing witnesses in the case and told the court that he also tried to destroy evidence.
The court, however, reserved order on Gupta’s bail application for April 20.
Sushen Mohan Gupta was arrested by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The ED officials said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.
Gupta has sought the relief on the grounds that the agency has already completed the investigation and filed a chargesheet in the case.
In his bail application, Gupta told the court that the ED’s contention of the flight risk can be rejected considering his past activities, where he joined the investigation as and when summoned.
It is suspected that Gupta has with him some payment details in the Rs. 3,600 crore deal of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers and the link is to be unravelled, the investigators said.