NEW DELHI : The Delhi High court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking to set aside the bail granted to Ratul Puri in money laundering case related to AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

The ED plea claimed that Puri can influence witnesses and tamper with evidence.

A trial court had granted Puri bail on 2 December on furnishing a personal bond of 5 lakh rupees, with two sureties each of the same amount and conditions that the accused shall not tamper with evidence. The ED had arrested Puri ‪on 4 September.

Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi with advocate Vijay Aggarwal appeared for Puri.

"Sushen Mohan Gupta (alleged middleman in the case) was granted bail after 66 days, while Ratul Puri has been in jail for 100 days. Number of accused are abroad and no one has appeared till now," Aggarwal had said.

In January 2014, India 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. Puri was summoned by the ED after he was named by middlemen, Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta, in the chopper scam.

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