Man gets 4 yrs’ RI in laundering case tied to wildlife crime
New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced a man involved in smuggling of tiger parts to four years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000 in a case probed by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The special PMLA judge in Patiala House courts held Surajbhan, alias Sarju, guilty for money laundering in a case relating to Wildlife (Protection) Act. “The court sentenced the accused to four years of rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 10,000 and ordered for confiscation of attached assets of Rs 52.7 lakh,” the ED said.
The PMLA case was based on a Delhi Police FIR of 2013 which accused Naresh, alias Lala, Surajbhan and others of illegally carrying tiger body parts in a car, which was intercepted by the police.
The ED attached Rs 52.70 lakh cash and a car belonging to the accused. These attachments were later confirmed by the adjudicating authority of PMLA. “On the basis of the evidence and witnesses produced, the special court pronounced its judgement on Monday where it found the accused guilty and ordered confiscation of the attached assets. One of the accused Surajpal, alias Chacha, passed away during the trial . The third accused Naresh, alias Lala was acquitted,” the ED said.