Ratul Puri, nephew of ex-MP CM issued summons in money laundering case

New Delhi, Dec 23 (Agency) A Delhi court after taking cognizance of a charge sheet issued summons to Ratul Puri, nephew of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, who is accused in a money laundering case linked to an alleged Fertiliser scam and payment of Rs 685 crore as kickbacks.Special Judge Vikas Dhull, after taking cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet directed Puri to appear before the court on January 18. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) on behalf of Enforcement Directorate submitted that prima facie there were enough evidence to prosecute Puri in this case.

Puri is also an accused in case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam and is out on bail. ED has submitted through charge sheet that the fertiliser scam also involving RJD Rajya Sabha MP Amarendra Dhari Singh and IFFCO Managing Director and CEO U S Awasthi related to illegal commissions worth over Rs 685 crore allegedly paid to the NRI sons of Awasthi and Indian Potash Ltd (IPL) Managing Director P S Gahlaut, as well as others by overseas suppliers during the years 2007 to 2014.Enforcement Directorate alleged that Awasthi and others in Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) generated proceeds of crime and layered it through various unrelated entities and part of this was then transferred to the entities controlled by Awasthi and others.