February 5: The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal on Tuesday sought a response from the probing agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding a Plea filed by corporate aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar challenging his detention when he brought to India from Dubai.
The Court directed the agency to file its response to the petition by February 11 and listed the matter for further hearing on February 12.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing on behalf of Talwar has alleged that due procedure was not followed during extradition of his client and contended his abduction.
"Government of India abducted my client. More so when there was summons for him to appear on February 4. There was no extradition and they picked him up."
Talwar was deported along with Dubai-based businessman Rajeev Saxena, to India last week and sent to seven days custody.
Talwar is in Enforcement Directorate custody since his deportation from Dubai. He was wanted by the probing agencies ED as well as the CBI in a case pertaining to misuse of over Rs. 90 crores.
The aforesaid amount was taken through foreign funding route as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and was allegedly diverted, though, it was meant for ambulances and other articles received by his NGO from Europe's leading missile manufacturing company.
Besides this, Talwar is also under the scanner for some aviation deals during the UPA government's regime.
He is also booked by the Income-Tax department along with probing agencies for tax evasion.
Talwar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and under various other relevant sections of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) for allegedly diverting foreign funds.
Earlier to this, during the course of proceedings before a trial court, ED contented that Talwar has acted as a middleman in negotiations in order to favour some foreign private airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia, resulting in turn lost to national carrier Air India.