Accused Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari Bail In UK Extradition Case Extended To April 9

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Accused Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari Bail In UK Extradition Case Extended To April 9

Accused Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari Bail In UK Extradition Case Extended To April 9

Sanjay Bhandari was arrested on an extradition warrant in July 2020.

London:

A UK courtroom presiding over the extradition case of Sanjay Bhandari, an accused arms vendor and “proclaimed offender” needed in India on cash laundering expenses, prolonged his bail till April 9 at a case administration listening to in London on Friday.

Sanjay Bhandari, who was arrested on an extradition warrant in July 2020 and is contesting his extradition to India, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom earlier than District Choose Angus Hamilton. The choose confirmed {that a} full listening to within the case can be carried out as scheduled between June 7 and 10.

Sanjay Bhandari, sporting a facemask in compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown necessities in courtroom, was accompanied by his spouse and spoke solely to substantiate his identify and date of beginning.

The 59-year-old’s lawyer, Robert Berg, knowledgeable the courtroom that he had taken over the case on late final month and due to this fact required extra time to serve proof within the case.

The choose demanded a “respectable rationalization” for a virtually 10-week extension being searched for the submission of defence proof. He was knowledgeable that the earlier regulation agency, Bindmans, had withdrawn from the case after Bhandari was unable to make a second “vital fee” as a result of his belongings in India being hooked up.

“So is there no preparatory work been finished between September 2020 and January 2021 that could possibly be handed on to avert such a prolonged delay,” questioned Choose Hamilton.

His lawyer, from the agency Janes Solicitors, submitted that he had made appreciable progress since he took over the case, which entails very “huge” proof of practically 3,000 pages of economic information and authorized issues ongoing in India. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), showing on behalf of the Indian authorities, submitted a “rejigged timetable” for the case and CPS counsel Ben Lloyd knowledgeable the courtroom that either side hope to have the ability to hold to the June listening to dates except there are “large surprises” thrown up within the defence proof.

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The listening to in April can be one other case administration listening to earlier than the ultimate extradition listening to within the case in June.

Sanjay Bhandari is sought by the Indian authorities for prosecution for cash laundering opposite to the Prevention of Cash 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 Sanjay Bhandari had been licensed by UK House Secretary Priti Patel on June 16 final 12 months and he was arrested a month in a while July 15.

He was granted bail on a GBP 120,000 safety and 7 total situations, together with the give up of his passport, a day by day curfew at his dwelling in central London and common visits to a police station.

Sanjay Bhandari has been linked with Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi’s husband, Robert Vadra, who has denied any enterprise connections with the accused.

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