Citi-scamster Puri says his father an accomplice

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Gurgaon, Jan 13: This is a classic case of "My father told me so" syndrome. The Rs 300 crore Citibank fraud is seeing a new twist in the case. The alleged mastermind of the fraud, Shivraj Puri has remarked that his father has an equal role in the fraud.

Shivraj Puri claimed that his father Raghuraj Puri was also a beneficiary of the loot. The fact was revealed when Shivraj Puri told the Gurgaon court in the presence of Chief Judicial Magistrate DN Bhardwaj that his father was an equal accomplice. He also claimed that Rs 50 crore of the tainted money was invested in his fathers firm. Raghuraj Puri is one of the directors of a firm called Norman Martin. The hearing on the case of granting Raghuraj Puri an anticipatory bail is scheduled for Thursday, Jan 13.

Investigations are on to understand further the extent of the damage caused by the fraud. The police will also investigate Raghuraj Puri's property in Haridwar. The police will also take into account information retrieved from chartered accountants and from Shivraj's iPad that has gone missing since the fraud came to light. The iPad is considered to contain crucial information on the fraud.

Meanwhile, the Gurgaon court has remanded Puri to police custody for two more days since the police has still not managed to gather key evidence in the case.

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