City court extends protection from arrest to M.P. CM’s nephew

A Delhi court on Tuesday extended for two days protection from arrest to Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in the VVIP chopper scam-related money laundering case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar extended the protection till Thursday as arguments on the anticipatory bail of the accused remained inconclusive.

The counsel for the accused concluded his submission arguing that his client had supplied ‘tuck-load’ of documents and about 80 of his employees had joined the investigation. There was no apprehension of his client’s fleeing from the country, or influencing witnesses or tempering with evidence if granted bail, the counsel argued.

Special Public Prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta countered his argument, submitting that the documents supplied by the accused had been bound in jut seven or eight files. As far as the accused’s claim that his employees had been cooperating with the probe agency is concerned, so far just three of them have appeared before the agency, they said.

They also told the court that the accused had suddenly disappeared midway through his interrogation on July 26 and the very next day applied for anticipatory bail. It showed that his conduct was not bona fide so far the investigation was concerned, they submitted.

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