A local court on Thursday extended police remand of Shivraj Puri, the main accused in the Rs. 300-crore Citibank scam, by six days as the police sought time to recover a crucial piece of evidence, an iPad, used by him to send emails to his clients and conduct transactions.
The chief judicial magistrate, DN Bhardwaj, remanded Puri in police custody for six more days after public prosecutor said that police needed more time to gather evidence in the case. Puri, who was a relationship manager at Citibank’s Gurgaon branch, was arrested by the police last week after the scam was detected. He was initially remanded in police custody for seven days.
The public prosecutor, Vikas Sharma, argued that the investigation by the police in the Citibank case was still not completed and there were many more facts to be brought to the light. He said that Puri's remand was required to take the probe to its logical conclusion.
Opposing the police's plea for extension of custody, Puri's counsel Sartaj Baswana argued that remand was being sought to extract confession and fabricate documents.
Baswana also moved an application for exclusive meeting with Puri. "I have moved an application for giving legal assistance to him once again through the exclusion of police officials," he told reporters later.
Puri was booked by Gurgaon police on the charges of cheating and falsification of documents on December 27 and he had surrendered before a local court on December 29 when he was sent into seven-day police custody till January 6. The public prosecutor had sought 10-day remand at that time.