Friday, July 05, 2019

Embraer aircraft deal: ED attaches properties worth Rs 15 cr

New Delhi: A day after the Enforcement Directorate attached a bank account of AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan''s wife Ritu Khaitan, the agency on Thursday said that it has attached properties worth over Rs 15 crore of the KRBL Ltd in the Embraer aircraft deal case.

A senior ED official said here said that assets worth Rs 15.32 crore of KRBL Ltd, which has Gautam Khaitan has one of its directors, has been attached under the sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The attached assets includes land and a rice mill factory located at in Punjab''s Sangrur.

The ED has filed a case against of money laundering on the basis of FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Embraer SA in Brazil, unknown Defence Ministry officials, alleged middleman Vipin Khanna, Interdev Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, Singapore and others.

According to the ED officials, Embraer Brazil had engaged Khanna to secure the contract for supplying EMB-145 aircraft to India government as a platform for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) project.

The official said that investigation revealed that the accused had laundered kickbacks to India-based KRBL Ltd via its Dubai-based entity KRBL DMCC. "KRBL Ltd played an active role to bring the proceeds of crime paid as commission by Embraer SA, Brazil to India via Dubai through banking channels," the official said.
It was also found that Khaitan, who is known to Khanna, had played a crucial role to launder this money totalling $5.6 million (approx Rs 26 crore).

The official said that Khaitan had told another KRBL Ltd Director Anoop Gupta that he had got a deal wherein some passenger aircraft will be sold to a company in Austria and no investment was to be made from the company. He would have to be an introducer and he would receive a commission of about $3 million.
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