AgustaWestland scam: SC asks Rajeev Saxena if his relatives would guarantee return after ED objects
The Supreme Court asked Saxena's counsel to apprise it by Wednesday whether his sister and sister-in-law are willing to guarantee that he would come back for the trial in the case
PTI New Delhi Last Updated: June 25, 2019 | 21:40 IST
Rajeev Saxena, an approver in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, has been allowed by trial and high courts to travel abroad for treatment for blood cancer and other ailments.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, if his two relatives are willing to stand surety for him by depositing Rs 5 crore each for allowing him to travel abroad on medical grounds.
A vacation bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai took note of the objections of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that Saxena, who has been allowed by trial and high courts to go abroad for treatment for blood cancer and other ailments, has no roots in India and he may not return if permitted to go.
"Your apprehensions may be right or wrong, but are you (government) powerless to get him back," the bench said.
"We understand your apprehensions. His (Saxena's) passport is for limited period. If you can suggest other conditions, then they can also be imposed," it said.
"No country will say that it is powerless," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said.
The court asked senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, counsel for Saxena, to apprise it by Wednesday whether the sister and sister-in-law of Saxena are willing to stand surety in the court for him by paying Rs 5 crore each as guarantee that he would come back for the trial in the case.
At the outset, Mehta assailed the orders of the trial court and the Delhi High Court allowing Saxena to travel abroad for treatment and said, "he has no roots in India. He has no relatives or properties here and he may not come back".
The treatment for Saxena's ailments was available in India, the law officer said, adding that the approver was not only disclosing his role in the crime, but also revealing the culpability of others in the corruption case.
The bench has now posted the matter for further hearing on Wednesday.