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Ratul told me not to go to ED, forced me to make false statement: Wife | India News


NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri, in custody for the last 80 days in the AgustaWestland bribery and other money laundering cases, faces fresh trouble as his wife Kavita has accused him of forcing her to make a false statement to the ED.
Kavita, who is estranged from Ratul, has recorded a statement with the ED that he had forced her to write a letter in July that she could not join the probe as she had to tend to her bedridden father-in-law Deepak Puri at their Aurangzeb Road house. She has now told the agency that she has been separated from Puri for the last four years and has been staying at Hyatt Regency hotel.
Ratul Puri’s wife Kavita said he had warned her not to go to the ED or answer calls from ‘unknown’ numbers. She said her tablet (iPad) was taken away by Puri, who later refused to return it, saying it was lost during income-tax raids. Kavita’s iPad is being sought by the ED as a piece of evidence.
The ED submitted Kavita’s statement as part of a supplementary chargesheet before a special court in Delhi on November 2 and argued that Puri, despite being in judicial custody, has been threatening witnesses and continued to engage in destruction of evidence through one of his girlfriends, who is also being investigated by the agency.
The special court has taken cognizance of the ED’s supplementary chargesheet. Sources in the ED claimed that many close friends and associates of Puri, who appeared before the agency ‘voluntarily’ to record statements against him, said they had also been warned by Puri not to acknowledge ‘entries’ made against their names in a diary recovered from Puri’s accountant.
The diary, ED sources claimed, catalogued Puri’s financial transactions. The ED also brought to the special court’s notice that an important witness in the case, Puri’s accountant K K Khosla, has gone missing. Khosla, who kept a record of Puri’s “cash transactions”, has been untraceable ever since the ED started summoning people whose names were mentioned in a diary recovered from him by the I-T department during a search operation on Moser Baer.
The diary allegedly showed cash transactions with several people and some entries were counter-signed by Deepak Puri, Ratul Puri’s father. During questioning of people whose names were mentioned in the diary, all of them confirmed the payments made to them, the agency claimed.
Those questioned related to the diary entries include Sandeep Narang, Mahipal, Awadh Bihari Giri and Ved Prakash Damija. All these details are now part of the judicial record. Narang, in his fresh statement recorded before the agency, said that after he returned from the ED office on July 26 and when Puri got information that he had confirmed to the agency about the cash transaction entries against his name, Puri told him that statements given by Khosla to the I-T department had been retracted and he (Narang) should not have confirmed any entries.
The ED cited several other instances of influencing witnesses in the case, including Rajiv Saxena, an approver who was deported from Dubai in January. Saxenawas allegedly warned by Puri not to reveal any details about his ‘uncle’ and father to the investigating officers.

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