Friday, November 22, 2019

VVIP Chopper scam: Not going to run away if granted bail, Ratul Puri tells court

Businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, told a Delhi court Friday that he was not going to run away if granted bail in a money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper scam.

Puri sought bail from the court saying he was not an accused in the predicate offence, lodged by the CBI based on which the Enforcement Directorate lodged the present case.

Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Puri, told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that he was not a director or a shareholder, directly or indirectly, of the nine companies where the money has gone according to the ED complaint.

"I (Puri) have not received the proceeds of crime, I cannot be tried in this case at all," the counsel told the court.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, also appearing for Puri, told the court that he cannot be kept in jail forever.

"I (Puri) am not going to run away if granted the bail. I cannot be kept in jail forever. Bail is the rule and jail is exception," he told the court.

The ED had arrested Puri on September 4 in the case and he is currently in judicial custody.
22/11/19 PTI/Business Today
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