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Court rejects anticipatory bail of Jaipur’s resident

Jaipur: On Wednesday, the court rejected the anticipatory bail of Jaipur’s Brahmapuri resident Ram Gopal Soni, accused of purchasing gold in cash on behalf of Jaipur regional unit of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which exposed the network of smuggling of foreign gold from West Bengal to Rajasthan through railways.

This petition was filed by Soni in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offenses on the basis of his and his wife’s poor health.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offenses Mohammad Azam, while rejecting the bail petition, said that orders have already been given on May 23 to provide medical facilities to accused Ram Gopal Soni at his own expense on the basis of jail manual.

The court also considered Soni’s crime to be serious. According to the document presented in the court, Jaipur regional unit of DRI exposed the smuggling of foreign gold from West Bengal and also achieved success in connecting the links of the people involved in it. DRI officials arrested the delivery persons of this consignment by arresting a railway passenger who had come from Kolkata and thereafter reached the purchasers of the consignment and arrested Ramgopal Soni, the operator of Kanha Jewelers who had purchased the gold in cash.

After collecting evidence of purchase of 5062.35 grams of foreign gold worth Rs. 2.55 crore in cash, DRI summoned Soni for interrogation and later arrested him on 17 May.

After the arrest, Soni was sent to jail and bail petitions were filed by Soni in the Economic Offences Court and Additional Sessions Court, which were rejected.

After this, an anticipatory bail petition was filed by Ramgopal Soni in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offences.

The accused’s lawyers mentioned to the court about Ramgopal Soni’s illness as well as his wife’s illness and said that he has been falsely implicated in this case as no foreign gold has been recovered from him etc.

On the other hand, opposing the bail petition, DRI’s Special Public Prosecutor B.L. Takhar said that this is a serious crime from the point of view of the country’s economic security and DRI is trying to connect more links in this case.

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