AgustaWestland Probe: Delhi HC Seeks ED's Response On Deepak Talwar's Plea Challenging Deportation

| February 5 , 2019 , 13:01 IST

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Enforcement Directorate on corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar's plea challenging his detention after being brought back from UAE.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued a notice to the ED and directed it to file a response to the petition by February 11. The court listed the matter for further hearing on February 12.

Talwar was in Enforcement Directorate custody after being deported from Dubai on Thursday, has challenged his deportation before the court.

Talwar is wanted by the ED and the CBI in a case of misusing over Rs 90 crore taken through foreign funding route as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

As per media reports, Talwar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery under various sections of the FCRA for allegedly diverting Rs 90.72 crore worth of foreign funds meant for ambulances and other articles received by his NGO from Europe's leading missile manufacturing company. His role in some aviation deals during the UPA government's regime is also under scanner.

ED said it needs to interrogate Talwar to get the names of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India, who favored foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia.

The agency claimed entities directly or indirectly controlled by the accused received exorbitant amounts from Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia and submitted a chart of total USD 60.54 million received by firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008 to February 6, 2009.