The Bombay high court on Friday rejected anticipatory bail plea of a Surat resident accused of fleeing with diamonds worth Rs3.87 crore from the city.
Justice Sarang Kotwal refused pre-arrest bail to Kausang Dolchiwala, observing that his custodial interrogation used to be essential for the purpose of recovering the precious stones and to find the modus operandi employed by him.
An FIR used to be registered against Dolchiwala and Shashikant Shah by the Bandra Kurla Complex on August 4, on the basis of complaint lodged by diamond trader Piyush Jogani.
Jogani said Shah had sent him a WhatsApp message in June that he wanted diamonds for a client. Jogani then went to Shah’s office at BMC and gave him diamonds worth Rs62.85 lakh. At that time, Jogani added, Dolchiwala used to be also present at Shah’s office. The men took the diamonds and signed receipts against the same.
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Jogani said some other diamond traders had also handed over diamonds to the duo on that day. Many of them later went to Shah’s office and asked him to go back the diamonds. He, alternatively, expressed inability to take action, claiming that Dolchiwala had taken them all. Jogani added that attempts were made to contact Dolchiwala at his Surat residence, but he could not be traced.
Meantime, Dolchiwala had moved the high court for a pre-arrest bail, contending that he used to be wrongly implicated in the case as an accused and he had nothing to do with the misappropriation of the diamonds. He added that he used to be merely sitting with Shah who accepted the entire diamonds.
Assistant public prosecutor SR Agarkar, alternatively, pointed out that the investigation has revealed that Dolchiwala took the entire diamonds. He pointed out that the CCTV footage collected by police showed that both Shah and Dolchiwala accepted the precious stones and both signed the receipts, and later Shah handed over the diamonds to the Surat resident who kept those in his pockets and left Shah’s office.
Agarkar also pointed out that Dolchiwala had taken absent diamonds worth Rs3.87 crore. “The investigation carried out so far has revealed that the diamonds provided by the informant were taken absent by the present applicant. His complicity in the offence is shown right through the investigation,” said the pass judgement on, rejecting Dolchiwala’s plea.[ad_2]