Called for questioning in AgustaWestland scam, Kamal Nath’s nephew allegedly flees from ED office during toilet break


In what could heap embarrassment to one of India’s most prominent law enforcing agencies, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday fled from the office of Enforcement Directorate during a toilet break. Ratul Puri, Kamal Nath’s nephew, was summoned by the ED for questioning in the AgustaWestland choppers scam on Saturday.

Kamal Nath's nephew

A report by news agency ANI said that the court had ordered Puri to cooperate with the ED in the investigation and appear before them by 5 pm on Saturday.

NDTV reported that Puri was to be ‘confronted with some evidence during questioning at an ED office in New Delhi on Friday’ but he did not wait as he allegedly left ‘on the pretext of going to the washroom. The ED has, however, denied the reports of Puri giving them a slip. The Hindu quoted an ED official as saying that another summon may be issued to Puri to join the investigation.

The reports of Puri fleeing from the ED office has become a talking point on social media.

Meanwhile, a court in Delhi has given relief to Puri adding that he can’t be arrested by the ED at least until 29 July.

Ratul Puri is the son of Nita and Deepak Puri, the CMD of optical storage media firm Moser Baer. Nita Puri is Kamal Nath’s sister.


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