New Delhi: Businessman named Ratul Puri was on Sunday summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for interrogation in AgustaWestland money laundering case, news agency ANI reported. Notably, Ratul Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
Earlier in the day, Delhi’s Patiala House Court granted three days further remand to ED of alleged middleman Sushen Mohan Gupta in the money laundering case.
Further, lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s wife Deepa also moved an anticipatory bail plea before the Patiala House Court here on the apprehension that if she comes to India to join the probe in AgustaWestland chopper case, she might be arrested.
The court has asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a reply on the plea filed by Deepa. The court will hear the matter on April 11. Earlier on March 30, the ED filed a charge-sheet before a special CBI court here against Talwar in connection with a money laundering case and also named his son Aditya Talwar as an accused in the case.
Deepak Talwar was extradited to India from Dubai on January 30 this year. He was extradited along with Rajeev Saxena, who turned an approver in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.
About the case
The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (approximately Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010, for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. “The money was nothing but “kickbacks” paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in “guise of” genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country”, the charge sheet said.
The ED investigation found that remittances made by Michel through his Dubai-based firm Global Services to a media firm he floated in Delhi, along with two Indians, were made from the funds which he got from AgustaWestland through “criminal activity” and corruption being done in the chopper deal that led to the subsequent generation of proceeds of crime.
On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over an alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.
(With agency inputs)