Chopperdeal: ED Summons to two Italians to be served through MHA

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday informed a Delhi court that summons issued to two Italian nationals, chargesheeted by it as accused along with others in a money-laundering case related to Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, would be served through Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

New Delhi: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday informed a Delhi court that summons issued to two Italian nationals, chargesheeted by it as accused along with others in a money-laundering case related to Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, would be served through Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

ED's Assistant Director Vikas Mehta told the court that they have verified the process of serving summons issued to accused Gerosa Carlo Valentino Ferdinand and Haschke Guido Ralph, following which the judge ordered that summons be issued to them through the MHA.

"The complainant (ED officer) states that he has verified as regards present process for serving summons to A-3 and A-4 (Gerosa and Haschke) who are foreign nationals and summons are to be served through Ministry of Home Affairs.

"Issue summons to A-3 and A-4 for May 25, 2015 through the Ministry of Home Affairs...," Special Judge V K Gupta said.

During the hearing, the court also heard the arguments on bail plea of accused Ritu Khaitan, who along with her husband Gautam Khaitan and others, was chargesheeted by ED.

"Heard on the bail application. Put up on February 6, 2015 for order on bail application, report of summons to A-3 and A-4 and further proceedings on May 25, 2015," the judge said.

Businessman Gautam Khaitan, Ritu, Gerosa and Haschke along with Chandigarh-based firm Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt Ltd were chargesheeted by the ED in connection with the case.

ED is probing the case in which 70 million euros (Rs 360 crore) were allegedly paid as kickbacks.

Gautam Khaitan, who was the only accused arrested in the case, was earlier granted bail by the court.

The court had summoned these five accused after taking cognisance of the ED charge sheet, which charged them for offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Gautam Khaitan was the first person to be arrested in September last year by ED in the chopper deal case in which CBI is also running a parallel probe.

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