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VVIP chopper scam: Co-accused Rajiv Saxena records statement at Delhi court 

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 04.12 PM (IST)

The process of recording of the statement of co-accused Rajeev Saxena in the VVIP chopper case was completed at Delhi's Patiala House Court on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported. 

On February 27, Saxena had moved an application in Patiala House Court to become an approver in the case. He had told a Delhi court that he was not under any pressure, further adding that neither any assurance was given to him nor sought from him, news agency ANI reported. 

In a statement before the Patiala House Court, Saxena said he has "thought long and hard" and that his "exposure" to the case was "very minimal".

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"(I have) no intention to not cooperate. A logical consequence is to give testimony in the case. (I am under) no pressure. It is on my free will completely and the complete understanding of the case. No assurances were given and none sought," Saxena said on his plea seeking to turn an approver.

The Dubai-based businessman was extradited to India in the wee hours of January 31 in connection with alleged scam in the Rs 3,600 crore deal for the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland company.

He was allegedly operating a number of bank accounts in Switzerland in which huge amounts of money were deposited, according to a government dossier. 

(With inputs from ANI