Notice to CBI on arms dealer’s plea to go abroad

delhi-high-courtThe Delhi High Court Thursday issued notice to the CBI on a plea of arms dealer Suresh Nanda, father of BMW hit-and-run case convict Sanjeev Nanda, seeking permission to go abroad for three months for business purpose.
Justice V.P. Vaish sought response of the CBI by Jan 29, the next date of hearing. Nanda, son of former navy chief, the late Admiral S.M. Nanda, moved the high court seeking modification of a trial court order of Dec 21 last year which allowed him to travel abroad for only six days, from Dec 23 to 28.
Filing the petition, Nanda said he has to travel from Jan 2 to March 31 to Dubai, London, Europe and Thailand for business purpose. He also pleaded that on several occasions, he was granted permission to travel abroad and he never misused the liberty given to him.
“On Dec 15, 2013, a letter from M/S Buckrow Asset Management LLP informed the petitioner (Nanda) that business meetings and conferences are fixed between Dec 2 to March 31 in Dubai, London, Europe and Thailand. If petitioner would not attend the meetings, the company has threatened to terminate the consultancy agreement of the petitioner,” the petition said. Nanda has been accused in several cases.


Court allows arms dealer Nanda to go abroad

New Delhi, The Delhi High Court Wednesday allowed arms dealer Suresh Nanda, accused of receiving kickbacks in the purchase of Israeli Barak missiles in 2000, to go abroad for two weeks.

Justice Mukta Gupta allowed Nanda to go to Britain on furnishing the surety worth Rs.50 crore to ensure his return to the country to face the probe.

He is also facing probe in another case of bribing an Income Tax official in 2008.

‘The trial court is directed to permit the petitioner to go to London for a period of two weeks on furnishing a fresh itinerary and his address where he would be staying in the UK,’ the court said.

‘The petitioner is also directed to submit the security of self-owned property worth Rs.50 crore (as a surety),’ said the court, adding that the travel ofthe petitioner cannot be withheld indefinitely. That would be violative of his fundamental rights, it noted.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) 2008 arrested Suresh Nanda, son of former Indian Navy chief Admiral S.M. Nanda, and his son Sanjeev from a hotel in Mumbai.

The CBI has accused Nanda of receiving Rs.4 million ($99,943.82) in kickbacks after a deal to purchase Israeli Barak missiles was signed during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.

The $100 million (Rs.3.9 billion) deal had come under the scanner after it was alleged that then defence minister George Fernandes had overruled, at the behest of Nanda, the opinion of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that it could develop a system similar to the Barak.