Allowing the Haryana police’s request, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed Deeksha Puri, mother of the mastermind of multi-crore Gurgaon Citibank fraud case Shivraj Puri, to join the investigation on June 8.
On an application moved by Citibank Gurgaon, the bench headed by justice Rajan Gupta also allowed it to assist the public prosecutor in the case.
During the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, counsel appearing for the Haryana government asserted that the state police would require Deeksha Puri for further investigations. It was also submitted that the place and time would be specified by the investigating officer.
The high court had earlier directed the Haryana government to file status report of the case, incorporating the details whether it wanted to conduct an interrogation of Deeksha Puri.
The Gurgaon police had requested the high court that since certain recoveries were to be effected from Deeksha Puri, as during the investigation her role had also cropped up, she needed to be investigated.
During the arguments of the case on Monday, deputy superintendent of police of state crime branch, Gurgaon, Ashok Kumar filed an affidavit giving various details of the case. The affidavit mentioned the various transactions from the Citibank accounts in the scam.
Deeksha Puri had earlier moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail after the Gurgaon local court had dismissed the same. However, the high court had earlier granted interim bail to Deeksha Puri on February 21 with the directions that she would co-operate with the investigating agency in interrogations.
On the other hand, the high court had allowed Raghuraj Puri, father of Shivraj Puri, to withdraw his anticipatory bail petition after he had shown the willingness to surrender before the investigating officer.
The multi crore scam had made headlines in December last year, when an FIR was lodged by assistant vice president of Citibank Binu Sonam on December 27.
Relationship manager with Citibank Shivraj Puri, who is behind the bars, had allegedly siphoned money, amounting to around Rs 400 crore, of various customers to fictitious accounts.