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CBI arrests Talwar's aide in foreign contribution case

CBI arrests Talwars aide in foreign contribution case

New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday arrested Yasmin Kapoor, an alleged close aide of Deepak Talwar, in connection with an FCRA case it is probing against the corporate lobbyist and his NGO, sources here said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation will produce her in a Delhi court on Thursday, where her remand will be decided.

The case pertains to alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act by Talwar's NGO, Advantage India, which is also being investigated by the ED in connection with alleged kickback paid to the lobbyist by foreign private airlines for securing profitable air routes.

According to the CBI's case, Advantage India had received more than Rs 90 crore in foreign contribution, which was meant for the NGO to purchase medical equipment and other declared purposes.

However, a Home Ministry enquiry had purportedly shown that the purchases declared on record were never made and that money received as the foreign contribution was used for purposes other than the ones declared.

Moreover, of the total foreign funds, the CBI has alleged that Talwar's NGO had received nearly 9 million Euros from French aircraft manufacturer Airbus and also signed a deal to receive around 6 million Euros from UK-based missile manufacturer MBDA.

The ED has previously alleged that Yasmin Kapoor was a key link to find out how money was laundered by Talwar and his associates. The ED has alleged that Talwar received kickbacks worth over Rs 280 crore through Advantage India in exchange for securing favourable air traffic routes for airlines like Qatar Airways, Air Arabia and Emirates.

Abhinay Lakshman

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