A Special Court in Delhi has dismissed Ratul Puri's anticipatory bail plea n connection with the AgustaWestland money laundering case on Tuesday. Puri is Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath's nephew. Puri's arrest is imminent and the Enforcement Directorate will make its move soon
The judge asked to supply an action taken report (ATR) to Puri and dismissed his bail application. The Enforcement Directorate had said in court that he had run away amid his questioning.
On July 30, the ED argued that Puri should not be granted anticipatory bailed as they believe that he may have got one witness killed as he is missing, while addressing the Court, as per sources.
Sources also said that the ED said that the family of the witness is so scared that they are not filing an FIR, reporting the missing witness. The ED has also claimed in Court, that 'Puri is influential and can flee abroad' adding the possibility of witness tampering, as per sources. They have also claimed that after Income Tax has approached the witness, he has reportedly gone missing. ED has revealed that the witness has been missing for four months.
The ED has also said that Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is arguing on behalf of Puri has been supplied and given wrong facts, which the ED claims is not known by Singhvi himself. Hence, the agency claims that the facts have been shown irresponsibly before the Court.
On the same day, the Income Tax Department attached Rs 254 crore worth of "benami" equity of Ratul Puri which he had allegedly received from a suspect in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case via shell companies. They said a provisional order for attachment of the shares or non-cumulative compulsory convertible preference shares (CCPS) has been issued under the Benami Property Transactions Act.