HC al­lows ac­cused to fly to Sin­ga­pore

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI:THE Bom­bay HC al­lowed an ac­cused in the Speak Asia On­line fraud case to fly to Sin­ga­pore for four weeks. Balvin­der Singh Sar­jeet Singh, son of prime ac­cused Haren­der Kaur, was al­lowed to travel af­ter fur­nish­ing a bank se­cu­rity of ₹4 crore.

The bench of jus­tice PD Naik on Thurs­day noted that the only al­le­ga­tion against Balvin­der was that two firms where he is the di­rec­tor – MMWG Pvt Ltd And La Marca Ad­vi­sory Pvt Ltd – trans­ferred ₹10 crore to the ac­cused firm, Haren Ven­tures Pvt Ltd. The judge noted that nei­ther Balvin­der’s com­pa­nies nor other directors were named as ac­cused by the eco­nomic of­fences wing.

Balvin­der, a Sin­ga­porean na­tional, was ap­pre­hended at the Chennai air­port on April 12 and brought to Mum­bai. On June 4, he was granted bail by the ses­sion court on the con­di­tion that he would not leave In­dia with­out prior per­mis­sion. Af­ter Balvin­der’s plea to travel to Sin­ga­pore was re­jected on Oc­to­ber 12, he moved the high court.

Advocate Su­jay Kantawala said Balvin­der’s per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life had been dis­rupted. Balvin­der’s wife and son lost their job and school ad­mis­sion, he said. Kantawala en­sured the court that Balvin­der would re­turn for the trial as per his oath un­der the Oaths and Dec­la­ra­tion Act of Sin­ga­pore.

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