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CBI court grants bail to Natarajan in duty evasion case

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A today granted bail to M Natarajan, the husband of jailed leader V K Sasikala, in a 23-year-old duty evasion case connected to the import of a from the UK, after he appeared before it on the direction of the Supreme

Natarajan's nephew V had secured bail in the case on January 3.

The matter relates to the import of a Lexus car in 1994. had declared it as a used vehicle and thereby allegedly evaded to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore.

The apex had granted bail to the two in December last and asked them to deposit Rs 25 lakh each in its Registry. It had also asked them to approach the trial court to decide their bail conditions.

A special leave was moved before the apex court, challenging a order which upheld a trial court verdict sentencing Natarajan, along with three others-- his nephew Bhaskaran, and Sujaritha Sundararajan, in the duty evasion case.

They were convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and evasion and sentenced to two years in jail in the case by a court in 2010.

Based on the Supreme Court's direction, they deposited the amount and appeared before the principal special court for cases here and obtained bail.

When the matter came up today, appeared before A Thiruneelaprasad and submitted documents.

Natarajan, who underwent liver and kidney in October last, came to the the court hall located in the high court premises, with his face partially covered with a white cloth, in the morning.

He remained in the court till 1 pm.

On perusing documents and sureties submitted by him, Thiruneelaprasad granted him bail.

Later, he left the hall along with his supporters and battery of lawyers.

The CBI and the had registered separate cases against and the three others after it was found that the documents presented by them were fabricated.

According to the CBI, Natarajan, along with the others, had substituted the original sale invoice with a photocopy of an invoice fabricated by changing the vehicle's manufacturing date to July 1993.

The apex court had rejected the appeal of in a disproportionate assets case in February last. She is serving a four-year prison term at the in Bengaluru.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:10 IST