ED raids in Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad in relation with AgustaWestland Scam


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate conducted numerous raids across Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad in connection to the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam on Monday. "ED conducted searches at 10 premises located in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad in AgustaWestland case," an ED official said.
ED freezed shares worth Rs 86.07 crore owned by companies in Dubai, Mauritius & Singapore. Earlier, the ED had filed a chargesheet against British national and alleged middleman Christian Michel James and two others in its ongoing money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal, officials said on Wednesday.
James reportedly received around Rs 225 crore from AgustaWestland in kickbacks paid by the firm to execute the deal for 12 helicopters in its favour in the "guise of" transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had this month constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to fast track the probe in both the scam.