New Delhi: In mounting pressure against Ratul Puri — one of the persons named in the AgustaWestland chopper scam — the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday moved a Delhi court seeking a non-bailable warrant against Puri 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 on Tuesday.
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.
The application is likely to be heard on Thursday.
“So far as supplying statement U/S 50 PMLA to accused is concerned, as the investigation is still going on no such directions are warranted in this regard at this stage of the matter." the order, passed by special judge Arvind Kumar on Tuesday, read.
Puri had earlier appeared before the ED for questioning in a case pertaining to the now scrapped ₹3,600 crore chopper deal with AgustaWestland.