Ratul Puri (File photo: PTI) (MINT_PRINT)
Ratul Puri (File photo: PTI) (MINT_PRINT)

HC reserves verdict on ED plea to cancel Ratul Puri's bail in chopper scam case

  • The court reserved the verdict on the ED's plea for setting aside the bail granted to Puri on 2 Dec by a trial court
  • The ED plea claimed that Puri can influence witnesses and tamper with evidence

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved its order on a plea by Enforcement Directorate (ED) against the bail granted to Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in a money laundering case related to VVIP chopper scam.

A trial court had granted bail Puri bail on 2 December. ED had arrested Puri on 4 September.

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

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," said Aggarwal.

Puri was granted bail on furnishing a personal bond of 5 lakh, with two sureties each of the same amount and conditions that the accused shall not tamper with evidence.

The ED has filed sixth supplementary prosecution complaints against Puri and Jaspreet Ahuja in the 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.

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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