New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) A Delhi court has ordered stay of execution of non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against British national Sumit Chadha, accused by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. linked to controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
Additional sessions Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen of Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Courts said the stay was granted because Chadha, who resided in the UK, had appeared through a lawyer upon learning of the proceedings, and ordered that the ‘execution of the NBW was kept until the next hearing on February 28. .
On January 22, the judge had issued NBW against Chadha, stating that ordinary processes could not secure his presence.
Now, after Chadha’s plea seeking cancellation of the NBWs, the court has sought a response from the ED.
The court, after reviewing the prosecution’s supplementary complaint (ED’s equivalent of a charge sheet) filed by the ED, had found sufficient grounds to summon the accused Emirates-based NRIs CC Thampi and Chadha United Arabs
The court had noted that the money laundering offense was taken on October 5, 2020.
The ED recently filed an additional chargesheet against Thampi and Chadha for committing offenses under Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.
The ED alleges that Bhandari created a network of entities, with Thampi and Chadha working together, involved in acquiring properties outside India.
Chadha, despite the summons, refused to receive them through diplomatic channels.
In April 2023, the ED attached a property in Delhi worth Rs 4.50 crore belonging to Sharan Svadha LLP in connection with a case filed against Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Switzerland, Bhandari and others.
Meanwhile, the process of extraditing the main accused, Sanjay Bhandari, from the United Kingdom, is underway, due to concerns about possible evasion of court proceedings.