High Court allows Chandraswami to travel abroad

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today allowed controversial godman Chandraswami alias Nemi Chand Jain to travel abroad. He faces prosecution in 12 FERA violation cases.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul dismissed the Enforcement Directorate's plea that if permitted to go abroad, the accused may ever come back to face trial in the country.

Chandraswami had moved the court to allow him to go to the United Kingdom, UAE and Mauritius for one month. The court, however, raised the security amount to Rs 10 lakh per case. Two trial courts of Delhi had accorded permission to Chandraswami to go abroad by asking him to deposit Rs 2 lakh as security in the court.

Chandraswami faces allegations of acquiring foreign currency from three different persons in violation of section 8 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act and not surrendering the said foreign exchange to the Government in violation of sections 56 of the Act.

He is also accused of having received 2,00,000 US dollars from Jagdev Mishra and Jagdish Prasad in March 1980 without either general or special permission of the Reserve Bank of India.

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