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Court dismisses bail plea of three women in gold loan case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A court has dismissed the pleas of three women accused in a case of availing loan against spurious gold from a private bank, saying they have not approached the court with clean hands.

dismissed the pleas of residents Sarika Bobal, and Sangeeta Bobal, saying they had made a complete mockery of justice system by trying to take a chance before the when their anticipatory plea was dismissed by the apex court itself.

"It is evident that the applicants (Sarika, Suman and Sangeeta) had been playing hide and seek with the court and despite the dismissal of the applications by the apex court and issuance of non bailable warrants by the trial court, they did not surrender, rather preferred to file another application for grant of anticipatory ..," the court said.

It also said the mala fide conduct of the accused disentitled them to any discretion from the court.

"is a discretion. Any person who seeks discretion of the court of has to approach the court with clean hands. They cannot mock the justice system on the pretext of availing their legal rights," the said while dismissing the plea.

According to the complaint, the three, along with other accused persons, availed around Rs 21.30 crore between April 17, 2013 to October 23, 2013 from Dhanlakshmi by pledging spurious and fake gold ornaments.

It was also alleged that during routine inspection and reappraisal, it was found that the content of the gold pledged by the accused was very less compared to the loan availed by them. This was confirmed on subsequent re-verification by the as the ornaments were found to be spurious.

"It is prima facie apparent that the pledged gold is not of 22 carat, which was an essential requirement for availing gold loan," the court noted after going through the (FSL) report.

The anticipatory application of the accused was dismissed by the High Court in May last year. In September, the apex court also denied relief to accused from arrest after which they went absconding.

The court noted that instead of surrendering, they tried to take a chance before the saying they were ill-advised earlier.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 18:15 IST