Ratul Puri (image: twitter)

Ratul Puri, a businessman and nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, on Thursday appealed in a delhi court seeking to surrender in connection with the Augusta Westland chopper case.

The businessman has been accused of money laundering in the helicopter deal.

He had filed the plea before Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who has listed the case for Friday.

The special judge rejected his plea for quashing of non-bailable warrant against him, suggesting there was no basis on which protection against arrest could be granted. Puri had approached the court saying that there wasn’t a need for the arrest warrant as he was willing to cooperate.

Puri is already in the custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a case of alleged bank fraud related to his company Moser Baer — an optical media storage company.

The court had noted that Puri did not cooperate in the probe on repeated notices by the ED. It observed that Puri left the ED office without signing his statement. He had become unavailable while his whereabouts couldn’t be known, said the court.

However, the counsel appearing for Puri Vijay Aggrawal told the court that his client has joined the probe and his statement under Section 50 of PMLA Act was recorded. The advocate also apprised the court that Puri sent two e-mails to the investigating officer that he was willing to cooperate in the investigation.

On Tuesday, Puri was arrest by the ED in connection with a case of money laundering linked to alleged bank fraud to the tune of Rs 534-crore as regards his company, Moser Baer. The high court had rejected Puri’s anticipatory bail plea, saying his “custodial interrogation” was necessary. Later that day, he was confined to the custody of ED for six days by a special court in Delhi.

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