Information Associated With Shravan GuptaThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are attempting to tighten the noose round actual beneficiaries” of the 70 million euro bribe paid in AgustaWestland rip-off, officers aware of the event mentioned. They said Gupta, whose statement was recorded under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), was also questioned about business links” with Rahul Gandhi's aide Kanishka Singh and sale of two shops to the Congress vice-president in a shopping mall in south Delhi in 2005.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday carried out multiple searches on premises of Shravan Gupta, the former managing director of realty major Emmar MGF, and some others in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper money laundering case, officials said.
Gupta was summoned and questioned by the ED in 2016 after his named cropped up during investigation.According to ED officials, it was found that alleged middleman Guido Haschke was an independent director of Gupta''s firm between September and December 2009.
The ED also alleged that a part of the kickbacks allegedly paid to influential people and politicians was parked in a company related to Gupta, and that the money was meant Shravan Gupta to swing the contract in favour of AgustaWestland. The searches are aimed at collecting evidence in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP choppers deal case, they said.
Shravan Gupta realized that he had a penchant for business. The agency, in 2018, seized assets worth Rs 10.28 crore of Gupta on charges of he allegedly holding undisclosed deposits in a Swiss bank account. The ED is investigating alleged kickbacks acquired by a number of politicians and bureaucrats by way of personal companies, businessmen and middlemen within the chopper deal.
In April, Emaar Properties appointed Hadi Badri as managing director of India business to drive growth following the demerger of its joint venture with a local partner. Shravan Gupta is under scanner for the appointment of Guido Haschke, another European middleman as the director of the company in 2009.
In partnership with Khushi, a committed NGO in India, Mr Shravan Gupta and his company supports the education of underprivileged children and have so far been responsible for shaping the lives of hundreds of families through its initiatives. ED which has been probing the money laundering angle in the case, has summoned cousins of Tyagi after his round of questioning is over besides realty firm Emaar MGF's boss Shravan Gupta.
Emaar MGF had earlier denied any business links” with Kanishka Singh, and said Haschke was an independent director for an extremely brief period”. Dwellers of the erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar will vote for the first time on Thursday, marking another giant leap in their absorption into India after nearly seven decades of stateless existence.
A special CBI court here today directed Emaar MGF Land Managing Director Shravan Gupta to appear before the central probe agency from tomorrow till September 6. The officials said that the fresh action against the businessman has come about after certain revelations made by the other accused in the case and some fresh evidence obtained by the agency.