NEW DELHI : A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till 17 September in a money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud.

Puri was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on 20 August in connection with the money laundering case.

"The accused Ratul Puri is remanded to JC and should be produced on 17.09.2019," the court said.

“By way of the above application, the accused has sought directions to the jail superintendent to produce him in the court in a separate vehicle, to provide and permit him to carry medications as prescribed by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on 02.09.2019 and to permit usage of bedding by him in the jail cell… The jail superintendent is directed to provide necessary medicines to the accused in consultation with the jail visiting doctor. As far as the remaining prayers are concerned, that jail superintendent shall consider the same as per the jail manual," it said.

Meanwhile, another CBI court hearing the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam-related money laundering case issued a production warrant against Puri while directing Tihar jail authorities to produce him in court on Wednesday.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who issued the warrant, is likely to decide on Wednesday on Puri’s application seeking to surrender in the chopper scam.

Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The PMLA case came in the wake of a CBI FIR of 17 August, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister), and others were booked in connection with a 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India.

Puri was booked in this case in his capacity as executive director of Moser Baer India Ltd, a firm promoted by his father Deepak Puri.

The company manufactured optical storage media such as compact discs, DVDs and solid state storage devices.

PTI contributed to this story.


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