Customs moves High court on Barreto's passport

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Barasat, Apr 15 (UNI) Indian Customs department has moved the Calcutta High court challenging a lower court's order to return the passport of Mohun Bagan's Brazilian footballer Jose Ramirez Barreto.

Barreto's passport was confiscated after his arrest at Kolkata airport on March 20 for alleged violation of the Indian Customs Act as the city's popular soccer player was carrying undeclared foreign currencies over 20,000 dollars. Barreto was arrested before boarding a flight for Rio-de-Janeiro via Dubai.

Though the Barasat court had released the player on bail on the same day, after being produced, but allowed the Customs officials to conficate his passport.

But on a hearing on April 7, Barasat court district judge Bandana Roy had directed the Customs department to hand over the passport on a condition that the player should return by May 25 and deposit his passport until the criminal offence against the accuse was not settled.

Defence lawyers Dipak Dey and Tarak Mukherjee again moved to the court accusing the Customs authorities of violating the order for not returning the passport. A hearing on the issue was scheduled today.

Customs lawyer Hiralal Bhattacharya today told the court that since his cliant (Customs) had filed a revision petition in the High court on April 11, this court could not decide further.

However, the defence counsels argued that mere filing of one or two petitions did not mean the same were were admitted or listed for hearing in the higher court.

After hearing the two sides, the District and Sessions Judge directed them to appear before the court on April 17.

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