The CBI has made a progression in the AugustaWestland investigations as they have managed to extradite two other alleged fugitives – Deepak Talwar and Rajiv Saxena, accused of being involved in the corruption case along with Christian Michel.
The extradition of both high-profile businessmen from Dubai is seen as a major breakthrough for the Indian intelligence and investigation agencies – especially after the extradition of British national Michel from UAE, last year. Both Deepak Talwar and Rajiv Saxena are claimed to be close aids of the AugustaWestland deal middleman Michel; and were brought to India on Wednesday night via a special belonging to ARC – the aviation wing of India’s external intelligence agency RAW.
Rajiv Saxena is a former business lobbyist and is said to have played a pivotal role in finalising the Indian Air Force’s deal with British manufacturer AugustaWestland for buying a dozen helicopters that were to be used by VVIPs. While one of the most prominent corporate lobbyist of Delhi – Deepak Talwar, has reportedly been in “business” since 90s and has been accused of concealing a sum of more than Rs 1,000 crore; and then slipping out of India last year, to escape from the income tax probes – raising doubts of him being a fugitive.
The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED), will now start probes of investigation in the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper case, with Saxena required to be produced in Delhi High Court today. Once the interrogation is complete, the agencies will compare the explanations and versions of Christian Michel during his extradition with what Saxena and Talwar say. Regardless of whether the extradition turns out to be successful or not, perhaps it is clear that Dubai is no longer a fugitive haven, and there’s no getting away from the country.