New Delhi: The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday reserved its order on the surrender application of Hindustan Power Projects Ltd chairman Ratul Puri in a money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper scam.
“Today, there is an arrest warrant against me. I want to surrender but the ED does not want to arrest me right now. Can I be deprived of my right to move bail plea? I wish to surrender. They do not want to take me into custody," senior advocate Siddarth Luthra, appearing for Ratul Puri, said.
DP Singh, counsel for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), said, since Ratul Puri was already in remand for the Moser Baer bank fraud case, he cannot be put into custody in this case.
The order will be pronounced on 29 August.
In January 2014, India had 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 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.