AgustaWestland: CBI wants an approver to strengthen case
New Delhi, May 30: The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate probing the AgustaWestland case is likely to rely on some of the accused turning approvers in the case.
The need for an approver has become crucial to the probe as the information relating to the money trail from abroad is not coming in at the pace the agencies would have hoped for.
The CBI and the ED says that the case is a water tight one, but it would be further be strengthened if they have an approver. The CBI and the ED is looking towards Gautam Khaitan an accused in the case who had allegedly helped route money into India.
Need for an approver
The Investigators would wait for an offer to be made from Khaitan to turn approver. An approver would help give out more details. In investigations, an approver would help the probe agencies and in return he would get away with a lesser sentence.
Sources in the ED say that they are waiting for a response from Khaitan. If he makes the offer then it would be considered, the officials also said. Khaitan is familiar with the transactions that were made in this case and he could help the ED find the exact money trail.
The ED says that a major part of the money trail is abroad. It is essential that we get assistance from abroad as well. We have written to seven countries to help us unearth the details of the money trail abroad. The defence minister, Manohar Parrikar had said recently that a major part of the money trail was abroad.