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Citibank fraud: Court seeks Haryana’s response

In the multi-crore Citibank fraud case,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Haryana government and police to respond to an application

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 22, 2012 3:48 am

In the multi-crore Citibank fraud case,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Haryana government and police to respond to an application,moved by the accused Shivraj Puri,seeking all documents obtained by the Madhuban Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) be placed on record.

In his application,Puri referred to an order passed by a Gurgaon magistrate dated January 16 which directed FSL to retrieve all documents including deleted files from Puri’s computer and place them on record.

In November last year,the high court had also ruled that “in case an application seeking production of remaining files contained in the computer’s hard disk are filed and the FSL finds some more files (which are case property) on the disk,the said files can further be made available to the trial court during pendency of the petition”.

Placing reliance on the high court order,Ashok Mann,Judicial Magistrate (first class),Gurgaon on January 16 had directed FSL to produce the documents retrieved.

In another development,Citibank also filed an application seeking permission to be impleaded as a respondent in the petition filed by Shivraj Puri in the high court. “The bank has submitted that not only does it have an interest in the present proceeding but also has the means available to assist the prosecution since the applicant has the information and the personnel who can assist the prosecution in the present matter” reads its application.

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