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Man out on bail says arrest me

The case of Satpal Juneja,who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle out heroin in women’s sandals,continues to hold one’s curiosity even nine years after his arrest at the IGI Airport.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 14, 2009 12:30:10 am

The case of Satpal Juneja,who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle out heroin in women’s sandals,continues to hold one’s curiosity even nine years after his arrest at the IGI Airport.

Granted a week’s bail on February 1 this year by a lower court,Juneja is now running from pillar to post to get himself arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI),the agency investigating his case.

His plea for incarceration reached a visibly amused Delhi High Court judge,Justice S Muralidhar,who on Monday asked the DRI as to why it has still not taken Juneja,an alleged drug felon booked under the draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,into custody.

Juneja was arrested minutes before he was to board a British Airways flight to London. Authorities found that he was trying to smuggle out heroin concealed in 10 pairs of women’s sandals.

He was granted bail for treatment at a city hospital. S N Gupta,his counsel,explained to the court on Monday that the DRI did not take Juneja back into custody on the day his bail expired,even after Juneja himself took the initiative with an application to the trial court,praying it direct the DRI to arrest him from the hospital itself.

Juneja apprehends that his present situation might deter chances of getting bail in the future.

Gupta explained to the court that the specific reason for the petition is to clear any doubts that Juneja is not absconding but,on the other hand,is not being arrested by the DRI.

Justice Muralidhar has summoned Akhilesh Rao,Intelligence Officer of the DRI,to be present in court on April 15,the next hearing of the case,with relevant records.

Pawan Behl,the additional public prosecutor in the matter,agreed to alert the Tihar Jail superintendent for an explanation as to why official action was not taken even after Juneja failed to report to the jail on the date of expiry of his interim bail.

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