NEW DELHI :
A DELHI court on Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till September 17 in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud. Special judge Sanjay Garg sent Puri to judicial custody after the probe agency said he was not required for further custodial interrogation. ED had arrested Puri on August 20. Meanwhile, another trial court -- hearing AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam related money laundering case -- issued production warrant against Puri, while directing the Tihar jail authorities to produce the accused on Wednesday. Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who issued the warrant, is likely to decide on Wednesday on Puri’s application seeking to surrender in the chopper scam.
In the chopper scam, the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed Puri’s anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation.” Puri was arrested under the PMLA in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the Central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.
The latest PMLA case emerged from a CBI FIR of August 17, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India. The CBI had carried out multiple searches in pursuance of this FIR. The Puri family, other individuals like Sanjay Jain and Vineet Sharma were booked by the CBI for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption.