Sydney magistrate allows Indian cabbie accused of 'kidnapping' five female passengers to visit mum

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Sydney, Apr.7 (ANI): A Gold Coast magistrate has suspended police reporting conditions for an Indian cabbie charged with kidnapping five female passengers so he can return home to visit his mum.

According to The Courier Mail, suspended Gold Coast Cabs driver Karan Luthra allegedly refused to let the frightened women out of his taxi after they disputed the fare and instead took them on a wild 25-minute ride through Surfers Paradise.

Southport magistrate Terry Duroux today overruled police objections and gave the 24-year-old permission to fly back to India to see his mother and attend his sister's wedding.

But he imposed a 5000-dollar surety to prevent the university student and part-time cab driver from doing a 'runner'.

Luthra was charged with five counts of deprivation of liberty over the March 13 incident.

Applying for the bail relaxation, defence solicitor Katie Chan said Luthra wanted to return home to India to visit his depressed mother and go to the wedding.

Police prosecutor Brian Cazzulino strongly opposed the move, saying it was not as if Luthra's mother was dying. (ANI)

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