After 6-month jail, Puri again in cop custody
A city court on Monday sent Citibank fraud prime accused Shivraj Puri to 3-day police custody on the basis of a separate FIR filed against Citibank by Sanjeev Aggarwal in January. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.india Updated: Jun 14, 2011 00:44 IST
A city court on Monday sent Citibank fraud prime accused Shivraj Puri to 3-day police custody on the basis of a separate FIR filed against Citibank by Sanjeev Aggarwal in January.
Puri has been lodged in the district jail at Bhondsi since January following his alleged involvement in the R400 crore fraud. A case against the same was registered at the DLF City police station on December 27, 2010, after a Citibank official filed it.
Puri would now be produced in the court on June 16.
Aggarwal, who alleged that he was duped of R32.43 crore, had named 11 Citibank officials, including the global chief executive officer Vikram S Pandit.
However, Sanjeev Aggarwal and his wife, whose wealth management account was managed by Shivraj Puri, filed a 3-page written statement on Monday with the Gurgaon police office and bailed out top Citibank officials they had named in an earlier FIR. They have solely accused Shivraj Puri for the fraud.
Aggarwal, a DLF resident, is the founder of Daksh BPO that was sold to IBM before he opened a wealth management account with Citibank.
While reacting on the petition filed by the Gurgaon police (State Crime Branch) that sought Puri's custody for seven days, the chief judicial magistrate Jasbir Singh granted 3-day police remand.
Police officials said that it was needed to recover a diary that allegedly contains vital details pertaining to the case. According to the police, it has been hidden by Puri in Panchkula, near Chandigarh.
Puri has been in police custody for 15 days earlier after his surrender in the court on December 30, 2010. He, along with a Hero Corporate Services CEO Sanjay Gupta and others, had lured more than two dozen high networth investors (HNI) and corporate entities to deposit money in an account opened by him in the name of his parents and grandparents.