Cattle smuggling, it seems, has started to spread its wings, despite the ongoing CBI investigation and political debate.
A special court in Mumbai issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on two fresh applications filed in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam on Tuesday. Mehul Choksi is the prime accused in the case.
Choksi along with his nephew Nirav Modi are the accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab and National Bank fraud case. Choksi fled the country and was granted citizenship by Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018.
Earlier, CBI had requested the court to declare Choksi as a proclaimed offender and attach his properties under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The two applications were filed for the cancellation of the non-bailable warrant against Choksi and to sought the data stored in the server of the Gitanjali Gems Limited, seized by CBI. The Gitanjali Gems Limited is a company owned by Mehul Choksi.
The first application filed by Advocates Vijay Aggarwal and Anshul Aggarwal, states that such a declaration without hearing their client, Mehul Choksi, would violate his right of natural justice. The counsels also sought cancellation of non-bailable warrant against their client.
The second application was filed by AS Nair, sought the copies of data stored in the server of Gitanjali Gems Limited which is seized by the CBI.
The application was filed on the ground that the CBI has an obligation to place on record all the material seized in a case. It is important asset for the defence to prepare the case for their client.
The special court is set to hear the matter on October 23.