RATUL Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, received money generated from the VVIP chopper deal scam, the Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court on Monday. ED made the allegations during the hearing of anticipatory bail application filed by Puri before special judge Arvind Kumar, who extended his interim protection from arrest by a day after the arguments on the application remained inconclusive.
Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Power Projects Pvt Ltd, had on July 27 approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case, saying he feared arrest in the case. Alleging political vendetta, senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Puri, said that two BJP lawmakers joined the ruling Congress party in Madhya Pradesh a few days ago and now the ED wants to arrest him since his uncle is the Chief Minster of the State.
The court had on Saturday granted the interim protection till Monday after the ED had sought time to argue the matter, with a direction to appear before the ED. The probe agency informed the court that Puri appeared before it on Saturday and Sunday. While opposing Puri’s application, the ED on Monday told the court that he was trying to “frustrate the investigation” in the case.