The ED had made its first arrest in the money laundering probe in  Agusta Westland chopper deal last month when it took Khaitan, an ex-board member of the accused company, into detention.

The agency, which is investigating to track the alleged kickbacks of  Rs 3,600 crore from the deal, had arrested Khaitan, a businessman and advocate, after searches were conducted at two of his premises in the national capital last month.

Recently only, a trial court had extended the judicial custody of Khaitan till November 3 as the probe in this high-profile case was still going on.

The court had extended Khaitan's judicial custody since the investigation process involving other accused in the case had not ceased yet.

The ED prosecutors had opposed the bail plea of Khaitan, claiming that he might try to influence witnesses on coming out of custody.

On the other hand, Khaitan's counsel had appealed for a bail plea on the ground that their client is a soft target and other influential people involved in the case were not arrested by the ED.

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