Accused seek bail, say diamonds were planted on them
Three Mexicans and a Venezuelan, arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with the Rs 6.6 crore diamond heist from a stall at the India International Jewellery Show at Goregaon on August 23, have moved bail application in the Esplanade court.mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2010 01:06 IST
Three Mexicans and a Venezuelan, arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with the Rs 6.6 crore diamond heist from a stall at the India International Jewellery Show at Goregaon on August 23, have moved bail application in the Esplanade court.
In their application, they claimed that the diamonds were planted on them at Dubai.
Mexicans Guerrero Lugo Elvia Grissel (24), Campos Molan Elias (39), Gonzalez Maldonado Mauricio (24) and Venezulan Gutierez Orlando were detained by the Dubai police on an Interpol alert following their arrival on August 24.
Two days later they were sent to Mumbai and arrested.
“In the bail application, we have said that the diamonds were planted on the accused because if they actually had diamonds with them while leaving India, they would not have got clearance to fly,” said Vivek Chauhan, who was appointed by the court to represent the accused.
Chauhan added that other then being seen on the CCTV footage, the police don’t have any other evidence to connect them to the crime.
“They are foreigners and they could have gone to the exhibition to see the display,” said Chauhan.
He added that there was no prohibitory order against any foreign national against visiting the exhibition.
Chauhan, in the bail application, said the identification parade conducted by the police would not led any credence to the investigation as their faces have been shown by the media.
Chauhan said all the four accused are presently in judicial custody and the investigation in the case is complete.
In the bail application, the accused said that they will abide by the conditions put by the court and there is no change to abscond as the their passport is with the Crime Branch.
The court is likely to hear their bail application on September 16.