New Delhi: A special court on Thursday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to six-day Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody in a money laundering case related to the VVIP Chopper scam.
“The Enforcement Directorate seeks custodial interrogation of accused in order to unearth the source and the end use of tainted money, to confront the applicant/accused with voluminous documents collected by the ED and to find out the roles of the co-accused and to find out the money trail. Thus keeping in view the facts and circumstances, I deem it fit to grant 6 days ED custody remand of the applicant/accused Ratul Puri. Accordingly, the applicant/accused is remanded to ED custody for 6 days. The applicant/accused be produced on 11.09.2019," the order reads.
Ratul Puri was summoned by the probe agency after he was named by both middlemen Rajiv Saxena and Sushen Mohan Gupta in the scam.
Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed Puri's anticipatory bail application on the ground of the need of custodial interrogation for effective investigation.
Puri is charged for benefiting from the purported kickbacks generated in the ₹3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case, cancelled by India in 2014 on charges of corruption.
Puri was earlier arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case. The PMLA case came in the wake of a CBI FIR of 17 August, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister), and others were booked in connection with a ₹354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India. Puri was booked in this case in his capacity as executive director of Moser Baer Limited, a firm promoted by his father Deepak Puri.
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