DRI hits back, raids properties
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court to challenge the bail granted to Pune businessman Avinash Bhosale by a night magistrate on Sunday.
Tuesday also saw raids on three properties in Pune owned by Bhosale, who was arrested at the Mumbai airport for duty evasion on Sunday morning.
His bungalow in Baner, office at Bhandarkar Road and his Sun-n-Sand hotel were raided.
No seizures were made, but DRI officials recorded statements of the staff.
Back in Mumbai, Bhosale recorded his statement before a superintendent at the DRI Marine Lines office. Arriving at 11.30 am, he left almost five hours later.
In an embarrassing incident for the DRI, officials only discovered that Bhosale had been granted bail the morning after he was arrested.
Moving fast, the authorities on Monday filed an application in the 3rd court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V. Sawant-Waghule, stating that they were not given any notice by defence lawyers about the bail application.
It was this court where the DRI was to file Bhosale’s remand application on Monday.
The 3rd court issued notices to Bhosale, his lawyers and an officer of Azad Maidan police station, where Bhosale had been kept. The notice is returnable on Thursday.
Advocate Satish Maneshinde, whose junior Ranjit Pawar appeared for Bhosale on Sunday, confirmed receiving the notice.
“We are going through it,” Maneshinde said, adding that he had no knowledge of the DRI moving the high court.
DRI officials said that they had instructions from top leaders at the Centre to go the whole hog in the case.
Hemambika Priya, spokesperson for Central Board of Excise and Customs under which the DRI falls, said that they were exploring all legal options.
“These things take time,” she said, refusing to specify when an appeal would be filed, only saying an appeal had to be vetted at various levels.