The Enforcement Directorate, ED has filed its first charge sheet in a Delhi court against businessman Gautam Khaitan and others, including two Italian nationals, in connection with its money laundering probe in the 3,600 crore rupees VVIP chopper deal.
The charge sheet was filed yesterday before District Judge I S Mehta who marked the file to the court of Special Judge V K Gupta. The matter will now be heard on Monday. According to ED’s prosecutor, the agency has also named Khaitan’s wife Ritu, Chandigarh-based firm Aeromatrix and two Italian middlemen, Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, as accused in the 80-page charge sheet.
They have been chargesheeted for the offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sources said that the probe into the case is still going on and supplementary charge sheets will be filed later before the court.
Khaitan was the first person to be arrested in September this year by the ED in the chopper deal case in which the CBI is also running a parallel probe. Khaitan is presently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody till November 28. The ED is probing the case in which 360 crore rupees were allegedly paid as kickbacks.