Everybody in India feels that only Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya are the two businessmen who have fled the country. But Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently made a shocking revelation that around 36 businessmen have fled the country including Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya. The 36 fugitive businessmen were involved in different types of scams and some of them had criminal charges against them.
This came to light during a case related to bail application of Sushen Mohan Gupta, a defence agent who was arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam. The ED strongly opposed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta and told special judge Arvind Kumar that there was a likelihood that he might flee away like 36 other businessmen.
The Enforcement Directorate has taken action against those people whose names have popped up in the ongoing investigation of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam, which is considered to be one of the major scams encompassing armed forces.
Sushen Mohan Gupta was arrested by the probe agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED officials said that Gupta’s role came into light based on the disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena who turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and later arrested by the agency. ED also alleged that Gupta tried to manipulate and influence the witness and destroy the crucial evidence in the case.
ED’s advocate Samvedna Verma stated that the investigation is at crucial phase. The agency appointed by the centre publicly acknowledged that a large number of rich Indians having criminal cases against them have managed to dodge the investigation by leaving the country.
Gupta has sought relief in this case saying that the agency has already completed their investigation and filed a charge sheet.
It would be interesting thing to see if ED releases the names of businessmen who have fled the country ahead of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
36 businessmen including Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya have fled India
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