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HC denies bail to Leopard skin traders

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New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today denied bail to three Nepalese imprisoned for allegedly trafficking animal skin.

Justice B D Ahmad dismissed the petition moved by K K Manan arguing for Anand alias Tashi, Lobsang Phuntsok and Jeet Bahadur, all facing charges under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

The police, according to the CBI, recovered skins 45 of Leopards and 14 of other animals from the accused on 6 April 2005.

The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) represented by Harish Gulati opposed the bail saying the accused, being Nepalese nationals, could cross into their native country.

Counsel K K Manan submitted the bail petitions should be allowed because mere apprehension couldn't disentitle a foreign national of rights devolved by the Constitution of India.

Besides, the kingpin, Sansar Chand is already in jail, Mr Manan submitted.

The mainl accused, Sewang has also been arrested by Nepal police, he added.

However, Justice Ahmad allowed the CBI to extend the judicial custody of the accused till July 31.

UNI SSS AK PC1906

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