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NRI businessman taken into preventive custody

india Updated: Feb 19, 2009 19:52 IST

A month after an NRI businessman got bail from the Delhi High Court, he has been put under preventive detention by Directorate Revenue Intelligence (DRI) using a non-bailable provision aimed at preventing commission of illicit traffic in drugs.

Official sources in the DRI said, 64-year-old Harish Joshi, who hit headlines last year following his dramatic arrest by the agency from outside a posh apartment in Gurgaon, was sent to Tihar jail under the stringent Prevention of Illicit Traffic (PIT) of NDPS Act, a non-bailable provision.

Under the PITNDPS, a person can be taken into custody for preventing him from committing illicit traffic in narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances.

A person can be held under the PITNDPS Act for a period of one year without any scope for bail even as his detention period can be extended further.

Sources said Joshi, the then chairman of Grimus group of companies which run several education institutes across the world and who was granted bail in the NDPS case against him by the High Court last month with certain movement restrictions, was booked under PITNDPS to prevent him from continuing with his alleged narcotics trade.

An order for detention under the PITNDPS can be issued only by the Union Finance Ministry.