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FERA case:Dhinakaran's plea for cross examining witnesses

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A city magistrate's today dismissed a filed by sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran seeking permission to cross examine 17 prosecution witnesses in connection with a FERA case against him.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Economic Offence-II) S Malarmathy rejected the plea stating that prima facie no case has been made out.

Dhinakaran wanted the to allow him to cross examine 17 witnesses, including an Indian embassy official then posted to London, and some former ED officials.

When the came up for consideration, counsel for the opposed it, contending that the accused has moved such a plea only to delay the trial.

The ED registered the case against Dhinakaran in 1996 charging him with acquiring USD 1.04 crore in foreign exchange without obtaining prior permission from the Reserve of in violation of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).

According to the ED, he allegedly deposited the amount in the current account of Dipper Investments Limited, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, and having account with Barclays Bank, Sutton, UK.

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 21:40 IST