City court allows Chandraswami to go abroad

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) A local court today allowed controversial godman Nemi Chand Jain alias Chandraswami to go abroad.

Chandraswami is facing trial in 11 cases of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act(FERA) violation.

The enforcement department opposed Chandraswami's plea, saying he may tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses who are settled abroad and may have to be examined during the trial.

Government counsels A K Wali and Navin Kumar Matta that Chandraswami might not come back, if permitted to go abroad as he owed over nine crore as penalty, imposed on him in FERA violation cases.

They further argued before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Kumar Kuhar that the controversial 'tantrik' had consistently pleaded that he did not have even a penny to deposit the penalty ammount.

They contended that the accused on one hand was saying he had no money to pay the penalty and on the other seeking permission to go abroad.

The arguement was concluded today.

Counsel for Chandraswami P N Lekhi had argued before the court that the godman had to go to on a foreign tour for performing 'pooja' for one of his disciples.

He said the accusation that his client would tamper evidence and influence witnesses, if allowed to go abroad, was ''baseless''.

UNI

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