January 5, 2010 1:06:01 am
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has moved the Bombay HC seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to an operator engaged in import and sale of high-end cars and special utility vehicles.
The additional director general of DRI,in his petition,states that the operator Alberto Bestonso,residing in Bandra,holds an Italian passport and is under investigation as he appears to be engaged in fraudulent import of high end vehicles in the name of third parties with a view to evade customs duty.
The petition states that on the basis of intelligence,action was initiated on September 10,2008,against certain operators including Bestonso. Therefore,considering the seriousness of the modus operandi adopted by operators including Bestonso,immediate cancellation of anticipatory bail is required for fair,transparent and unhampered investigation,the application says.
The sessions court had granted advance bail after the judge observed that there was parallel investigation in the case by DRI Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The judge also observed that there was nothing to recover from the suspect. The court also noted that Bestonso had spent some time in jail with regard to the case in Ahmedabad. According to DRI lawyer Advait Sethna,operators are facing investigation for importing over 20 high-end cars like Lamborghini that costs over Rs 3 crore.
According to him,the operators deal in both used as well as brand new cars. They import the cars using passports of third parties who are later untraceable. The case will come up for hearing on Tuesday.
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