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Special CBI Court provides no Relief; will hear AgustaWestland discharge plea later

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Anushka Sharma –

Published On: December 1, 2021 at 13:50 IST

AgustaWestland International Ltd, UK, had petitioned the Court for the discharge from ‘3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal controversy,’ but a special CBI Court on Tuesday, declined to provide any immediate relief.

According to the Court, “There are Allegations of conspiracy against Accused persons including AgustaWestland International Ltd UK…The prosecution is still in the process of supplying documents to the Accused”.

The order further read “As per CBI, supplementary charge sheet against some of the Accused is yet to be filed and they have applied for sanction to prosecute some public servants and sanction to prosecute is still awaited. Further Investigation is still going on in the present matter.”
The Court said, “In view of the given facts and circumstances, the application filed by AgustaWestland UK shall be considered at the time of hearing arguments on charge.”

The UK-based company, which had been charged by the CBI in the chopper transaction, had submitted a motion for discharge, claiming that no case had been made out against it and that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the Trial.

Last September, the CBI submitted a supplemental charge sheet in the case against 15 individuals and entities whose involvement was revealed for the first time. The CBI made an accusation against Rajiv Saxena, an Accused-turned-approver in the ED’s case.

According to the agency the investigation in the case is “in its last stage on certain key aspects,” as was told to the Court.