Man gets 4 yrs’ RI in laun­der­ing case tied to wildlife crime

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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.

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