AgustaWestland chopper scam: ED asks Delhi HC to cancel businessman Ratul Puri's bail in money laundering case

  • ED moved Delhi HC seeking cancellation of bail granted by trial court to businessman Ratul Puri in AgustaWestland money laundering case

  • Plea by the ED was mentioned before a bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice C Hari Shankar

  • ED, in its plea, has claimed that the trial court has not appreciated all the documents put on record while granting relief to Puri

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted by a trial court to businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, in the AgustaWestland money laundering case.

 AgustaWestland chopper scam: ED asks Delhi HC to cancel businessman Ratul Puris bail in money laundering case

File image of the Delhi High Court. PTI

The plea by the ED was mentioned before a bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice C Hari Shankar, which allowed it to be listed for hearing on Friday. In its petition, filed through central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, the agency has sought setting aside of the bail granted to Puri on 2 December by a trial court.

The ED, in its plea, has claimed that the trial court has not appreciated all the documents put on record while granting relief to Puri. While granting him the relief, the trial court had directed Puri, who was in the ED custody since 4 September, not to "tamper with evidence" or "try to contact or influence the witnesses".

In the present VVIP chopper scam case, Puri was named as an accused in the sixth charge sheet filed by the ED. The trial court had noted that the "co-accused having a similar or greater role than the role of present accused have already been enlarged on bail."

According to the ED, the role of Puri was that his foreign entities received proceeds of crime directly from Interstellar Technologies Limited, a co-accused in the case and that he had received funds from both the chains of money laundering involved in the present matter.

The ED had filed the supplementary prosecution complaint (ED's equivalent to a charge sheet) against Puri and Jaspreet Ahuja in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. In January 2014, India had 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 Rs 423 crore being paid to secure the deal.

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Updated Date: Dec 12, 2019 17:13:48 IST