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Posted at: Mar 15, 2019, 7:15 AM; last updated: Mar 15, 2019, 7:15 AM (IST)

ED says middleman can turn approver in Agusta case

New Delhi, March 14

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a Delhi court today that it has no objection if Rajeev Saxena, an alleged middleman, is allowed to turn approver in the AgustaWestland money-laundering case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar reserved for March 25 the order on whether to allow him to turn approver and become a witness in the case.

ED’s Special Public Prosecutors DP Singh and NK Matta submitted that Saxena’s turning approver would be useful for the agency in the case. The court had granted bail to Saxena on a plea moved by his lawyer Shivani Luthra, after the agency did not oppose the application.

“We are supporting Saxena’s plea to become a witness. He has shown inclination since the beginning to help in the investigation. He deserves the pardon as sought by him. We vehemently support his plea because it will help us in the case,” ED advocate Samvedna Verma told the court.

Saxena had recorded his statement during in-chamber proceedings on March 6 after which the court sent copies of his statement to the special judge hearing the case. — PTI

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