March 4, 2021

VVIP chopper scandal: ED raids premises associated to boss of realty agency Emaar MGF

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday carried out raids at seven premises, in New Delhi and Gurgaon, allegedly associated to Shravan Gupta, Chairman of MGF group and Director of realty agency Emaar MGF.

The raids are in reference to ED’s ongoing probe of cash laundering into the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

Gupta was summoned by ED within the yr 2016 after his title had cropped up after it was discovered that the alleged intermediary Guido Haschke was an impartial director of his (Gupta) agency between September to December 2009.

The ED, in its cost sheet filed in 2015 in an area court docket, had claimed to have detected circulation of alleged kickbacks despatched from overseas to corporations of the accused Advocate Gautam Khaitan and cousin brothers of the previous IAF chief, S P Tyagi.

It’s alleged that a part of the kickbacks allegedly paid to politicians and influential folks to swing the VVIP chopper deal in favour of M/s AgustaWestland was parked in an organization associated to Shravan Gupta.

The alleged kickbacks had been routed by way of M/s Interstellar Applied sciences, a Mauritius based mostly firm allegedly operated by Rajiv Gupta, the accused-turned-approver within the VVIP chopper scandal.

As first reported by ET, in a December 6, 2009 despatch, allegedly authored by one other intermediary Christian Michel, he had warned his affiliate and co-accused Guido Ralph Haschke to distance himself from advocate Gautam Khaitan, a co-accused within the VVIP chopper deal.

Motive: Michel claimed that Khaitan in cahoots with a good friend of his (Khaitan) within the Enforcement Directorate (ED) tried to organise a raid by ED on actual property agency Emaar MGF a month earlier than the launch of their preliminary public providing (IPO). And that the MGF “family” has learnt concerning the folks behind this transfer.

ET this January had reported a dispatch between Michel and Haschke whereby Michel claimed to be aware of inside data of probe companies.

The reference of “the family” finds a big point out on this despatch as Michel tells Haschke that “the family” employed by him (Haschke) has been requested to “get misplaced” by Emaar MGF. Michel additional claims to know the road of investigation by the ED in an alleged case of economic bungling. The despatch reads, “I’m deeply involved about this growing scenario with Emaar. I needed to warn you to resign as a non-executive director in India two weeks in the past however I’ve been ready for a sure doc to indicate you the way dangerous the scenario is. ..” Michel goes on to warn “the family behind MGF Emaar’s associate are an outdated, highly effective and wealthy Delhi family. They engaged Khaitan, the attorneys who you beneficial to take over AgustaWestland’s authorized work. The MGF family thought Khaitan would assist them launch their IPO and I do know that Khaitan beneficial that you simply turn out to be a non-executive”.

“As soon as Khaitan had been the advisers, the Khaitan boss met with a good friend of his on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to advocate that he raid Emaar a month earlier than the IPO until MGF pay an enormous sum to keep away from this,” it provides. “The MGF family have all the knowledge they knew about Khaitan and the way they’ve been betrayed by their attorneys. That’s the reason they advised your family to get misplaced.” Michel’s lawyer had flatly refused to discuss the case. When contacted, Khaitan strongly denied the allegations, calling them completely incorrect. Khaitan mentioned whereas Haschkewas his consumer, he by no means met or spoke to Michel.

Warning Haschke, Michel allegedly wrote, “The MGF family is furious and individuals are going to settle scores. If MGFthink you’re concerned, they’ll come after you. It’s essential get removed from this mess and get distant from Khaitan, who’ve now additionally been referred to as in for questioning”.