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Bank fraud case: Ratul Puri sent to 6-day ED custody

HC turns down anticipatory bail plea in VVIP chopper case.

ET Bureau|
Aug 21, 2019, 08.31 AM IST
Puri (C) leaves ED office after being arrested in New Delhi on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI: A special court on Tuesday sent businessman Ratul Puri, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath’s nephew, to a sixday custody of the Enforcement Directorate in a Rs 354-crore bank fraud case. ED was seeking a 14-day police remand.

Puri was summoned by ED for questioning on Monday for his alleged link to the VVIP chopper scam. The ED alleged that after the questioning concluded at 8 pm, Puri was handed over summons which he tore down. The questioning related to the bank fraud allegedly involving him, his parents and three others continued till Tuesday morning.

All six, present and former directors of M/s Moser Baer, are accused of cheating and defrauding the Central Bank of India to the tune of about Rs 355 crore. The CBI had registered a criminal case against Puri and five others on August 17.

Puri was arrested on Tuesday morning after he “remained non-cooperative”, ED special prosecutor DP Singh told the special court on Tuesday.

In another blow for Puri, the Delhi High Court turned down his anticipatory bail plea in the VVIP chopper scam. He had moved the court against an order of the lower court, which had refused to grant him protection from arrest.

Puri’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal said there were several irregularities in his arrest and that prosecution had overstepped its powers. Puri has repeatedly denied any association with the AgustaWestland scandal.

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