File photo of Ratul Puri (Photo: PTI)
File photo of Ratul Puri (Photo: PTI)

AgustaWestland case: ED files chargesheet against Ratul Puri

  • This is the ED's sixth supplementary chargesheet in the case and the first against Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath
  • Puri was arrested by the ED on September 3 for alleged involvement in receiving kickbacks in the deal through his companies

New Delhi: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed the sixth supplementary chargesheet against Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper scam.

The chargesheet was filed before special judge Arvind Kumar at Rouse Avenue court.

ED had arrested Puri on 4 September. He is currently in judicial custody.

Enforcement Directorate has filed sixth supplementary Prosecution Complaint against Ratul Puri and Jaspreet Ahuja in the 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.

Enforcement Directorate, in its statement, has said that investigation revealed that kickbacks from AgustaWestland amounting to 70 million euros was routed through middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke who have received approximately 28 Million euros and Christian Michel James had received approximately 42 million euros to influence the contract for the supply of 12 VVIP Helicopters.

"Accused Ratul Puri has received proceeds of crime amounting to Euro 704,134.57 and $150,000 from Interstellar Technologies Limited in his foreign entities. The same were thereafter layered through various companies in foreign jurisdictions and then brought into India and invested in Hindustan Power Group whose Chairman is Ratul Puri. Raul Puri has also received proceeds of crime amounting to USD 1,240,890 from Christian Michel James’ companies namely Global Services FZE and Globe Oil FZE through the companies of Rajiv Saxena which were used for the benefit of Ratul Puri. The other accused is Jaspreet Ahuja who has assisted Ratul Puri in laundering the proceeds of crime through various jurisdictions by creating, maintaining and managing the foreign companies which belonged to Ratul Puri. Both have known each other since long. Dubai based Chartered accountant and Hawala operator Rajiv Saxena was deported to India, it was also revealed that proceeds of crime were laundered through his companies received from Christian Michel James as well as through the bank accounts of Interstellar Technologies Limited which had received proceeds of crime from the company of the middlemen Gerosa and Haschke for the benefit of Ratul Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Projects Power Private Ltd.The Honorable Court has also been apprised of the fact that three Provisional Attachment Orders amounting to 27.5 crores out of which two have already been confirmed by Adjudicating Authority have been issued. Summons have been issued to Jaspreet Ahuja for 18.12.2019 and accused Ratul Puri has been remanded to Judicial Custody till 18.12.2019." the statement by the agency states.

In January 2014, India had scrapped a contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary, Agustawestland, for supplying 12 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force, over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks worth 423 crore being paid to secure the deal.

Ratul Puri was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after he was named by middlemen, Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta in the chopper scam.

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