AgustaWestland chopper scam: Delhi court extends judicial custody of Ratul Puri till 25 October

  • A Delhi court Monday extended the judicial custody of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, till 25 October in AgustaWestland chopper scam

  • The court further stated that the counsel for Puri has moved an application for permitting him to carry documents related to the proceedings with him to Tihar Jail

  • Puri was earlier arrested in another case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for alleged bank fraud after he appeared before the central probe agency

New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday extended the judicial custody of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, till 25 October in a money laundering case related to the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam.

 AgustaWestland chopper scam: Delhi court extends judicial custody of Ratul Puri till 25 October

File image of Ratul Puri. News18 Hindi

Special judge Arvind Kumar sent Puri to jail after the Enforcement Directorate moved an application seeking the judicial custody of Puri. "Accused is remanded to judicial custody till 25 October, 2019," the judge said.

The court further stated that the counsel for Puri has moved an application for permitting him to carry documents related to the proceedings with him to Tihar Jail in order to efficiently present his defence.

"The jail authority is directed to permit the accused to carry the documents, as per jail rules," the judge said. The ED arrested Puri on 4 September. The money laundering case was lodged following alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica's British subsidiary, AgustaWestland.

Puri was earlier arrested in another case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for alleged bank fraud after he appeared before the central probe agency in New Delhi after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.

The latest PMLA case emerged from a CBI FIR of 17 August, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Kamal Nath's sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354-crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India.

Updated Date: Oct 14, 2019 21:29:34 IST