Mumbai resident to be tried in Pune for cheating Dubai bank
The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah.cities Updated: Feb 11, 2018 00:28 IST
A 32-year-old city businessman, who allegedly cheated a Dubai bank, will be prosecuted in Pune after the Bombay high court rejected his petition seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings.
The Koregaon Park police in Pune has booked the Peddar Road resident, Jaideep Zaveri, under sections 418 and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code after a local magistrate passed an order in April 2017.
The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah. The complaint stated that Zaveri had in January 2012 obtained credit card facilities from it, but he returned to India without clearing the dues.
Zaveri had approached the high court, contending that section 188 of the Criminal Procedure Code requires sanction of the central government to prosecute an Indian national in India for an offence committed abroad.
The lawyer argued that since no part of the alleged offence had taken place in Pune, the case should not have been registered there. In support of his contention, he relied on section 188, which permits prosecution of an Indian citizen “at any place where such person is found in India”.
The court, however, referred to a Supreme Court ruling holding that the prosecution can be initiated against such person at any place in India.