More than 300 IT sleuths raiding over 50 places related to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

More than 300 officers of the Income tax department are conducting raids at over 50 locations spanning over several states which are associated with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

The Enforcement Directorate had on Thursday interrogated businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath in connection with the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland scam. On Friday, Ratul Puri was summoned for questioning a second time.

Earlier, while tracking down kickbags received by AugustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, ED had learned that a part of the amount was directed through moser bear, a company owned by Puri.

Ratul Puri had said that he is cooperating with the investigation and had nothing to do with defence deals. “I am cooperating with the investigation and will continue to cooperate. I have no connection with defence (deals) and no business dealings with my relatives, I run an independent business. I will cooperate fully with ED and any other government authority that seeks any information from me or asks me for any clarifications. I have no connection with AgustaWestland or defence”, he had said.

Kamal Nath had on Thursday said that his nephew Ratal Puri being called by Enforcement Directorate to join the AgustaWestland investigation has nothing to do with his business.

However, CM Kamal Nath also raised questions over the timing of the probe and said, “He is independent, he has nothing to do with politics and I have nothing to do with his business. Whatever there is, it must be investigated but how these issues come up during elections only?”

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