HC directs ED to return Avinash Bhosle's passport

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Mumbai, Oct 8 (UNI) Bombay High Court today directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to return the passport of a Pune-based builder Avinash Bhosle, who had been accused of evading customs duty.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A P Deshpande directed this in response to a petition filed by Bhosle stating that his passport had been confiscated by the Customs authorities last year after he was arrested at the International Airport here for not declaring certain dutiable goods.

The petition stated that he had not violated the conditions of the bail and now required the passport for business trips to various foreign countries.

The Court directed that Bhosle's passport be returned in 15 days on the condition that the petitioner would furnish information regarding all his bank accounts.

Subsequent to Bhosle's arrest by the Customs, ED had launched its own investigation into his foreign bank accounts and took possession of his passport.

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