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HC directs singer Adnan Sami to hand over passport to cops

Adnan Sami was asked by the HC to furnish a surety of Rs 1.5 crore.

IN a second setback in a week to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami,the Bombay High Court Wednesday directed him to submit his passport with the police. The court was hearing the plea of Sami’s ex-wife Sabah Galadari,who sought that he surrender his passport as he had failed to furnish a fresh security for the anticipatory bail granted to him.

Justice R P Sondurbaldota was informed that Adnan could not appear in court as he was unwell. Appearing for Galadari,senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani said Sami breached the High Court’s orders for the past two years.

In 2011,Jethmalani said,Sami was asked by the HC to furnish a surety of Rs 1.5 crore. However,he never complied with the order and travelled abroad several times. According to Galadari’s petition,two persons who undertook to stand as surety,withdrew the same before the High Court. Jethmalani,therefore,sought restoration of the anticipatory bail condition,which required submission of passport before the police.

“Where’s the passport?” asked Justice Sondurbaldota. Jethmalani said it was with Sami. The judge then directed the singer to submit his passport with the investigating officer of Oshiwara police station on or before December 20. The next of hearing of the case is December 23.

According to Galadri’s application,she had filed a criminal complaint against the Pakistani singer four years ago levelling allegations of cruelty among other charges. Sami had pleaded for an anticipatory bail application before the Andheri magistrate court and sought permission to travel abroad. His plea,however,was rejected. Sami then filed an application in the sessions court,which too was rejected. Sami then filed a petition in the High Court.

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On Monday a Division Bench of the High Court asked Sami and his wife Roya Farabi to vacate the duplex in a plush Lokhandwala complex in Andheri within two months.

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