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WATCH: Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri Confronted Over ED's Summons In VVIP Chopper Scam Case, Puri Claims 'no Connection With Defence Or Agusta Westland Deal'

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:


  • The Enforcement Directorate had summoned Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath's nephew Ratul Puri in the Agusta Westland case
  • Reporters confronted Puri who said he had no link to defence or the Agusta Westland deal
  • A statement to this effect was also issued by Puri's company

After the Enforcement Directorate summoned Ratul Puri, the nephew of Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, in the Agusta Westland case, he was confronted by reporters on Thursday. 

Puri said that he would cooperate with the investigation and added that he has no connection with defence or the Agusta Westland deal.

"I will cooperate with the investigation, I have no connection with defence or Agusta Westland deals. I don't know what Rajiv Saxena has said. The ED is conducting its investigation," he said.

When asked about political connections, he said, "I run an independent business, I have no business dealings with any of my relatives." 

He also spoke about whether he thought there was any political conspiracy against him. "I am not a political person I will not comment on politics," he added.

Earlier on Thursday, he released a statement where he categorically denied having any connection or involvement in the VVIP chopper case.

The statement released by his company Hindustan Powerprojects Private Limited says Puri "issues categorical denial of having any connection or involvement of any kind in Defence or the Agusta Westland case."

The statement also adds that Puri will be cooperating fully with the ED probe and will give any clarification and information as required.

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Ratul Puri was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after he was allegedly named by Rajiv Saxena.  Saxena allegedly told the probe agency that a part of the kickback was received in the Agusta Westland case by Ratul Puri and defence agent Sushen Mohan Gupta.

Gupta was arrested by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe agency had said that Gupta's role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the ED in New Delhi.

A Delhi court on Wednesday extended by three days the custodial interrogation of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper scam.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed the agency to interrogate Gupta for three more days after the court was informed by ED that Gupta needed to be confronted with Ratul Puri who was called for interrogation on April 3.

READ | Chopper Scam: Court Extends Sushen Mohan Gupta's Custody, To Be Confronted With Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri