AgustaWestland Scam: Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 5 days

Team SoOLEGAL 12 Sep 2019 1:32pm

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A special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, Delhi has extended Ratul Puri’s custodial interrogation on Wednesday for five more days to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the AgustaWestland Chopper Scam Case.

Ratul Puri is a businessman and nephew of Congress Leader Kamal Nath who is at present the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Ratul Puri was arrested by ED on 4th September and was sent to 6 day remand on September 5 which was to end on Wednesday.

The extended remand has been granted by Special Judge (CBI) Arvind Kumar after going through the arguments raised by the counsels for ED and Puri.

The ED was represented by Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) D.P. Singh and Ratul Puri was represented by Advocate Vijay Aggarwal.

The ED contended that certain additional documents and evidence was found from the house of Niamat Bakshi who is considered to be a close aide of Puri and his custodial interrogation was required to confront Puri with additional material as he has been evasive and non-cooperative during interrogation. Consequently, the Special PP sought for an extension of 8 days remand of Ratul Puri.

On the contrary, Puri’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal countered the averments of ED by arguing that an extension of further 8 days is in no way conservative and there was no point in extending his custody if Puri was non-cooperative with the agency.

"Further probe will go on for years. They already knew about the office for years. Why do they need more custody," the counsel asked.

The Spl. Judge ordered in favour of the agency thereby extending Puri’s remand to 5 days instead of 8 days as was demanded by ED.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in purchase of 12 VVIP choppers for Rs. 3,600 Crores from British-Italian firm AgustaWestland in 2010 by the Congress-led UPA Government. Puri is accused of receiving kickbacks in the said deal.

Tagged: AgustaWestland   Ratul Puri   Chopper Scam   Enforcement Directorate  
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