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AgustaWestland case: Two probe officers removed

The two officers were removed over the past three months on the basis of “irregularities” and credible complaints.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 20, 2019, 07.22 AM IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also set to file its second supplementary charge sheet in the case.
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has removed two of its investigating officers probing the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper scandal as investigation into the high-profile scam reaches its last lap. The two officers were removed over the past three months on the basis of “irregularities” and credible complaints, people with direct knowledge of the matter told ET.

While one of the officers has been repatriated to his parent cadre –– Customs –– the other has been issued three memos (showcause notices) seeking his explanation.

ET has learnt that after an actionable complaint against an investigating officer (who stands repatriated to the customs department) was received, a detailed inquiry was conducted by the agency following which he was removed three months back.

Significantly, the second investigating officer who was removed earlier this week had taken over charge of the case in July.

He was on deputation from the Income Tax Department. Days after he assumed charge, Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, was called for questioning for his alleged role in the AgustaWestland scandal. On July 26, Puri gave the agency the slip on the pretext of using the urinal. The investigating officer was issued a showcause notice by the agency seeking explanation for this faux pas. ET has learnt that besides this, two other showcause notices for other “irregularities” were issued recently by the agency to the investigating officer.

Not only has he been removed from probing the AgustaWestland scandal but he has also been relieved of all duties penEarlier this year, two other investigating officers probing the AgustaWestland scandal were repatriated to their parent cadre after their tenure had expired. As per sources, the enforcement agency is currently readying another supplementary charge-sheet in the case. It has interrogated Ratul Puri for his alleged involvement in the case who is likely to figure in the new charge sheet.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also set to file its second supplementary charge sheet in the case. The agency claims to have found sufficient evidence to prosecute more public servants and private individuals in the case. The agency claims to have received incriminating evidence in the execution of Letters Rogatory (LR) from several countries. The agencies had written to nine countries seeking information.

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