//City court dismisses controversial godman Chandraswami's application

City court dismisses controversial godman Chandraswami's application

A city court today dismissed the application of controversial Godman Chandraswami, in which he sought recording of the testimony of Saudi Arabia-based international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi as his defence witness in a Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation case.

After hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, Patiala House Court Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau, rejected Nemi Chand Jain better known as Chandraswami’s application.

For the last three years as many as 27 opportunities had been granted to accused Chandraswami to get his witness Khashoggi brought to India but he failed to do so, Mrs Lau said in her order. She also said, ”it was the duty of the court to curtail all attempts of the parties to delay the proceedings and this application was only a ploy by the accused to delay and linger the present litigation.” Chandraswami’s Counsel K K Mannan told the court that, khashoggi’s examination as a defence witness was a vital link in establishing the fact that his client had no knowledge of transaction that he was supposed to have made. Khashoggi who lives in Riyadh, claims to be a close friend of the godman.

According to the ED, the deposit allegedly paid by the Godman’s devotees, was violative of section 8 (1) of the FERA, which prohibits of acquiring or transacting in foreign exchange without obtaining permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Chandraswami is being tried on a complaint made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for acquiring and transferring 6000 pounds in violation of FERA provisions