New Delhi, June 3: The Enforcement Directorate is confident that Mauritius would provide information regarding the transactions made in connection with the AgustaWestland deal.
A letter rogatory sent in 2014 elicited no response which led to the agency sending another one.
More importantly the ED is awaiting information on a man by the name Shakeel Mahmood Fakheer who is alleged to have transacted with Delhi based lawyer Gautham Khaitan to transfer money to India.
An official in the ED probing the case says that this time they are confident there would be a response from Mauritius from where major chunks of money had been transferred. In addition to this the ED has also found a trail to Finland and an LR would send to that country as well.
Who is Shakeel Mahmood Fakheer?
The ED during the course of its investigation learnt that a man by the name Shakeel Mahmood Fakheer was part of the gang which aided in money transfers to India which were meant to be paid as bribes. There are three companies under the ED's scanner based in Mauritius namely M L Administrators, Interstellar Technologies and Infotech Digital Systems.
ED officials say that Fakheer is part of the M L Adminstrators. He is alleged to have been close to alleged middleman from India, Gautham Khaitan. In all there was around Rs 123 crore that had been transferred and Fakheer was involved in part of that transaction.
ED officials say that nothing much is known about Fakheer barring the fact that he is alleged to have coordinated with Khaitan. However prima facie his role in the alleged scam looks substantial. It was for the authorities in Mauritius to get us the details of Fakheer, the ED says.
He is also alleged to have raised fake invoices while transferring the money. This has been the same pattern that the middlemen had used while transferring money to India, ED officials also pointed out.