Court issues NBW against Ratul Puri


first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) against businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in connection with a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.Special Judge Arvind Kumar passed order, while noting ED’s submissions that Puri may try to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses as he already did earlier. The court noted in its order that the accused’s counsel had filed an application before it for impleading him as a party in the ED’s application for NBW. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court, which dismissed Puri’s application for impleading him in the matter, said, “It shows that applicant is keeping a watch on court proceedings but does not want to appear before ED to join investigation.” “It is alleged that accused has tampered with evidence, influenced the witnesses and there is reasonable apprehension that he is still trying to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses. “In view of the aforesaid facts and circumstances, I consider it fit to issue Non Bailable Warrant against accused Puri. Let NBW be issued against Puri,” the court said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to ED, Puri has not been joining investigation since he was granted interim protection on July 27 on his application for anticipatory bail, which was later dismissed on August 6. The ED said he did not join the probe on July 29, 30, 31 and further on August 6 and 7, nor was he accessible on phone or at his residence and that his whereabouts were not known. While seeking NBW, the ED told the court that if not arrested, Puri may compromise investigation in the case. Puri’s advocate had opposed ED’s application, while urging the court to hear his submissions before passing any order on the agency’s plea. The ED had approached the court days after Puri failed to get relief from the Delhi High Court and the trial court on August 6, paving the way for ED to arrest him.last_img