A couple arrested in the UK for fraud asked for a tennis court in the UP jail
MEERUT: Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) in Meerut has submitted a report containing details of the prison facilities to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Union (MHA) as required by the Westminster court in London in the case of extradition of the couple Runaway Indian Vir Karan Awasthi, 51, and Reetika Awasthi, 49, who owes banks a whopping 650 crore and another 200 rupees to rice producers and collection agencies.
On Saturday, SP EOW (Meerut) Ram Suresh Yadav presented the report to the home ministry, which will be sent to MEA. When revealing details of the report, Yadav told TOI: The couple had requested VIP facilities, including adequate recreational facilities, rooms with ventilation, western bathrooms, among others, and had requested details through the court.
When sharing details, EOW SP, Ram Suresh Yadav, said: “It all started in September 2015 when the owner of a commercial agency based in Bulandshahr, Lokender Chaudhary, filed a FIR against Bush Foods Overseas Pvt Ltd whose directors were Awasthis. The case was registered at the Bulandshahr (rural) police station. ” According to reports, the Gautam Budh Nagar (district) prison in UP has been elected.
The court had asked the couple to return from London in 2016
When TOI contacted us, Lokender Chaudhary, who had submitted the FIR in 2015, said: “We used to supply rice purchased from farmers to Bush Foods that had a rice mill in Sonepat. The agreement was for around Rs 3 crore against which we received Rs 1.24 crore for the rice we had supplied to the company. The remaining crore of Rs 1.76 never came despite repeated reminders. It was after this that we filed a police report. ”
The Awasthis, who are residents of Saket Nagar, Delhi, were hired for Rs 1.76 crore under sections 420 (trap) of the IPC, 467 (valuable security forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of deceiving) , 471 (using as genuine, a forged document), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
“Very soon, Reetika approached the Allahabad High Court to obtain the suspension of the arrest and also requested permission to go abroad. Arrest was granted for the stay but no permission was given to go abroad. Later, he approached the Supreme Court and obtained permission to go to London for two months after providing Rs 86 lakh for security, a duration extended for one more month. The SC ordered Indian agencies to begin the extradition process after the couple did not return in May 2016, ”Yadav added.
Significantly, SC became aware of contempt. The additional general auditor for the state of UP in South Carolina, Aishwarya Bhati, told TOI: “The Supreme Court had given its consent to leave India on the basis of a couple's commitment. But they could not return even after the extension given to them. Obviously, this angered the SC. Therefore, SC realized the contempt and ordered several agencies, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to initiate the extradition process. ”