Identity of mysterious ‘RG’ under the scanner

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday charge sheeted “defence agent” Sushen Mohan Gupta for his alleged involvement in the VVIP chopper scandal. The agency filed its second supplementary charge sheet in a local court, a month after it initiated similar charge move against alleged middleman Christian Michel James.

Besides the AgustaWestland chopper deal, several other defence deals contracted during the UPA regime, which find mention in Gupta’s two diaries have come under the scanner, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Among others, India’s defence deals with France during the UPA regime find several references in Gupta’s two diaries.

It is alleged that Gupta knows about the distribution of alleged kickbacks paid to several high ups in the VVIP chopper deal. The diary entries contain references to two “debits” maintained by Gupta.

One debit for the money received by him and the other debit for the money received and forwarded by him to others, said people cited above. Some of the entries, in the diaries, refer to abbreviations, including “RG”. The agency has confronted two ‘suspects’ — Rajesh and Rajnish Gupta — who were initially believed to be RG. However, it has emerged from their questioning that the duo is not the “RG” mentioned in the diaries.

Now that the agency has filed a charge sheet, the identity of the ‘mysterious’ RG will assume significance. ED had last month told a local court that cash entries worth Rs 52 crore were found listed against “RG” between 2004 and 2016.

Gupta’s role had come under the agencies lens’ after disclosures were made by accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena to the ED.





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