A Delhi court, on Saturday, acquitted self-styled godman, Chandraswami, in a 14-year-old Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had accused the godman of violating the FERA terms in a defamation suit filed by him 26 years ago.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate A.K. Pandey said the ED failed to establish that the “accused Nemi Chand Jain alias Chandraswami had the knowledge about deposit of the money (£6,000) in a defamation suit filed by him in 1986 in London against Lakhu Bhai Pathak.”
Counsel for Chandraswami, Santosh Chauriah, said, “They did not know exactly who paid the money on his behalf.”
The ED had lodged a case against him under FERA in 1996, after receiving information from the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was probing his roles in various scams.