ED had moved the Rouse Avenue court seeking a non-bailable warrant against Ratul Puri in connection with charges of money laundering in AgustaWestland case
Hindustan Power Projects chairman Ratul Puri was summoned by the ED after he was named by two middlemen in the chopper scam
NEW DELHI :
A Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea to issue a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ratul Puri. The order will be pronounced on Friday.
In mounting pressure against Puri – one of the persons named in the AgustaWestland chopper scam -- the ED on Wednesday had moved the Rouse Avenue court seeking a non-bailable warrant against him in connection with charges of money laundering.
The probe agency cracked down further on him after he skipped the ED’s questioning on Tuesday, prior to which his anticipatory bail was rejected by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court earlier in the day.
Hindustan Power Projects Pvt. Ltd Chairman Ratul Puri was summoned by the probe agency after he was named by both middlemen Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta in the chopper scam. Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
In January 2014, India scrapped a contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks worth ₹423 crore by it for securing the deal.
Puri had earlier appeared before the ED for questioning in a case pertaining to the now scrapped ₹3,600 crore chopper deal with AgustaWestland.