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  • In the present VVIP chopper scam case, Ratul Puri was named as an accused in the sixth charge sheet filed by the ED. According to the ED, the role of Puri was that his foreign entities received proceeds of crime directly from Interstellar Technologies Ltd, and that he had received funds from both the chains of money laundering involved in the present matter.

    Justice Suresh Kait rejected the ED's plea, noting four other accused in the case are already out on bail and Puri had been in custody for over 100 days.

    The searches are currently underway. Gupta was arrested on March 26 this year by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on charges of money laundering. A special CBI court had in June granted him bail in connection with the case.

    Trusts, especially those set up in jurisdictions like Cayman Islands, Panama and British Virgin Islands, have often been seen as routes for evading taxes. In addition, individuals who are suspected to have moved abroad after evading taxes back in India are also being probed and their banking details are in the process of being shared.

    The year saw them dealing with several other cases involving big names like Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi; ex-BBP MLA Barjesh Thakur; former Union minister MJ Akbar; Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath; and former promoters of Fortis Healthcare Malvinder and Shivinder Singh.

    Opposing Puri’s bail, the agency had told the special court that on receipt of fresh information gathered from its probe, the Indian govt has shot off letters rogatories to different countries on November 21. ED had told the court that “numerous documents” pertaining to the chopper case were burnt by Puri and “bags of documents were shifted by him to thwart the investigation”.

    The court recorded that the overseas-based accused in the case were yet to be served summons and that letters rogatory seeking evidence were sent to foreign countries as recently as November 21. It also recorded that the ED had filed charge sheets against other co-accused in the case without arresting them.

    Special Judge Arvind Kumar has sent a notice to the Enforcement Directorate directing it to file a reply by November 22 about the bail plea of Ratul Puri who was accused and arrested by ED in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Puri moved the bail plea saying he was not required for further investigation.

    The plea by the ED was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N 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 December 2 by a trial court.

    The petitioner, Jamil Saidi, has contended that he is not even an accused in the case, he has appeared before the ED on several occasions and answered all queries put to him by the agency. The MHA, represented by the Centre's standing counsel, Ajay Digpaul, accepted the notice and said a reply would be filed before the next date of hearing.

    The two officers were removed over the past three months on the basis of “irregularities” and credible complaints.

    Special judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to the ED and directed it to file a reply by November 30.

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