AgustaWestland:ED files charge sheet against Puri, Ahuja

AgustaWestland:ED files charge sheet against Puri, Ahuja

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New Delhi, Nov 2: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed supplementary chargesheet against Ratul Puri and Jaspreet Ahuja in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, an official statement said.

Puri was arrested on September 4 for laundering the proceeds of crime. The probe agency in its investigation alleged that kickbacks from AgustaWestland amounting to 70 million euros was routed through middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke who have received around 28 million and Christian Michel James had received around 42 million to influence the contract for the supply of 12 VVIP Helicopters.

Puri has allegedly received proceeds of crime amounting to 704,134 euros and 150,000 US dollars from Interstellar Technologies Limited in his foreign entities. The ED alleged that same were thereafter layered through various companies in foreign jurisdictions and then brought into India and invested in Hindustan Power Group whose Chairman is Puri.

It was further alleged that he has also received proceeds of crime amounting to US Dollar 1,240,890 from Christian Michel James’ companies namely Global Services FZE and Globe Oil FZE through the companies of Rajiv Saxena which were used for the benefit of Puri.

The other accused is Jaspreet Ahuja who has allegedly assisted Puri in laundering the proceeds of crime through various jurisdictions by creating, maintaining and managing the foreign companies which belonged to Puri. Both have known each other since long.

Dubai based Chartered accountant and Hawala operator Rajiv Saxena was deported to India. It was also revealed that proceeds of crime were laundered through his companies received from Christian Michel James as well as through the bank accounts of Interstellar Technologies Limited which had received proceeds of crime from the company of the middlemen Gerosa and Haschke for the benefit of Hindustan Projects Power Private Ltd Chairman Puri.

The ED also apprised the designated PMLA Court that three Provisional Attachment Orders amounting to Rs 27.5 crores out of which two have already been confirmed by Adjudicating Authority have been issued, the probing agency said in the statement. Summons have been issued to Jaspreet Ahuja for December 18 and Puri has been remanded to judicial custody till December 18. Further, investigation is under progress, the ED states. (UNI)