London, September 11
A UK court docket presiding over the extradition case of Sanjay Bhandari, an accused arms supplier needed in India on cash laundering expenses, has set June 7, 2021 because the date for the beginning of proceedings.
Bhandari, who was arrested on an extradition warrant again in July, was resulting from seem at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Thursday for a case administration listening to.
But District Judge DJ Goldsmith stated at this time’s listening to had been vacated as all excellent issues had been handled between the events, with instructions given by way of e mail.
“Mr Bhandari’s bail conditions have been extended until February 5, 2021,” stated Judge Goldspring, indicating the following date for a bail listening to within the case.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), representing the Indian authorities in extradition proceedings, stated Bhandari is sought by the Indian authorities for prosecution for cash laundering opposite to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
He faces instances towards him in India filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The Indian authorities’s extradition request for Bhandari had been licensed by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on June 16 and he was arrested a month in a while July 15.
He was granted bail on a 120,000-pound safety and the give up of his passport, with different restrictions together with a each day curfew at his house in central London and common visits to a police station.
Meanwhile, the most recent set of hearings within the extradition case of one other alleged financial offender, diamond service provider Nirav Modi’s, concluded in the identical court docket constructing on Thursday.
The 49-year-old jeweller, needed within the USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and cash laundering case, has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in London since his arrest in March final yr.
His case will now return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court for additional hearings on November three after which in early December earlier than a judgment anticipated on the finish of the yr or early subsequent yr. PTI