Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri Charged In Money Laundering Case Linked To VVIP Chopper Scam

AgustaWestland Chopper Scam: The money laundering case emerged from a CBI case filed on August 17, in which Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Kamal Nath's sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354-crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India.

Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri Charged In Money Laundering Case Linked To VVIP Chopper Scam

Ratul Puri is the nephew of senior Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath

New Delhi:

Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, is alleged to have received kickbacks of about Rs 16 crore from firms linked to purported middlemen involved the multi-crore VVIP choppers scam, the Enforcement Directorate said in its charge sheet today.

The central agency filed its sixth supplementary prosecution complaint in the case and named Ratul Puri and his alleged associate Jaspreet Ahuja.

"Investigation revealed that kickbacks from AgustaWestland amounting to Euro 70 million was routed through middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, who have received about Euro 28 million, and Christian Michel James (another middleman in the case), who had received about Euro 42 million, to influence the contract for the supply of 12 VVIP helicopters," it said in a statement.

Ratul Puri received "proceeds of crime" amounting to Euro 704,134.57 and $1,50,000 from Interstellar Technologies Limited in his foreign entities, the Enforcement Directorate said.

"The same money was layered through various companies in foreign jurisdictions and then brought into India and invested in Hindustan Power Group, whose chairman is Puri," the agency charged.

The ED has claimed that Puri also received "proceeds of crime" amounting to $12,40,890 from Michel''s companies namely Global Services FZE and Globe Oil FZE through the companies of Rajiv Saxena which were used for the benefit of Puri.

The conversion of the foreign currencies alleged to have been received by Puri comes to about Rs 16 crore.

Both Michel and Saxena have been deported by Indian probe agencies from Dubai as part of the probe into the case.

The charge sheet said Ahuja "assisted" Ratul Puri in laundering the proceeds of crime through various jurisdictions by creating, maintaining and managing the foreign companies which belonged to Puri.

"Both have known each other since long," the ED said.

It said a court has taken cognisance of the charge sheet and issued summons for December 18 to Ahuja and also sent Puri to judicial custody till the same date.

The charge sheet was filed by the agency before the court of special judge Arvind Kumar.

The ED arrested Ratul Puri on September 4 and he is currently in judicial custody.

The money laundering case was lodged following alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica's British subsidiary, AgustaWestland.

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