Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 09:53 IST
United Kingdom Home Secretary Suella Braverman has ordered the extradition of intermediary Sanjay Bhandari, the accused in cash laundering and tax evasion. The transfer got here months after a UK court docket dominated that there are not any bars to him being extradited. The case subsequently transferred to Braverman, who was authorised to order the extradition based mostly on the court docket order.
Earlier, Sanjay Bhandari had misplaced his case within the Westminister Court difficult extradition request of ED and Income Tax. Bhandari is taken into account a detailed aide of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, and faces a probe for allegedly laundering cash for properties allegedly linked to him.
Sanjay Bhandari’s extradition was ordered by Braverman on January 12 and the accused intermediary can put in an software searching for permission to enchantment each the choice of the choose and of the house secretary within the administrative court docket of the excessive court docket by January 26.
According to a PTI report, the Indian authorities’s extradition request for Bhandari had been licensed by then UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in June 2020. Bhandari was arrested on an extradition warrant in July that yr.
London-based businessman Bhandari has been on bail on safety offered to the court docket as he fought extradition on the instances in opposition to him by CBI and ED.
He is needed in India for meant prosecution for an offence of cash laundering opposite to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002 and for offences of tax evasion opposite to the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Asset), Imposition of Tax Act 2015 and Income Tax Act 1961.
Bhandari was an Indian resident for tax functions again in 2015, and is accused of concealing abroad belongings, utilizing backdated paperwork, benefiting from the belongings not declared to the Indian tax authorities after which falsely informing the authorities that he didn’t possess any abroad belongings.
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