Dewan Housing chairman Wadhawan gets bail in Mirchi case
Mumbai: A special court here on Friday granted bail to Kapil Wadhawan, chairman and MD of Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL) who is accused of having dealings with dead gangster Iqbal Mirchi in the past.
The ED moved Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the special court's order but withdrew the petition when told that Wadhawan had already been released from jail. Kapil Wadhawan (46) was arrested on January 27 by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). While granting bail, the court directed Wadhawan to be at the ED office whenever he is summoned.
He shall not tamper with prosecution evidence and shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case, the court said. It directed him to not go out of the country and ordered him to surrender his passport. Within hours of the special court granting him bail, the ED approached Bombay High Court and sought a stay on the order. The appeal was taken up for hearing in the evening by Justice Prithviraj Chavan. The court was, however, informed that Kapil Wadhawan was already released from the Arthur Road prison. The ED then withdrew its petition as it had become infructuous.
Claiming he had no connection with the transaction of Mirchi's properties, Kapil Wadhawan had moved a bail plea before special PMLA court judge P Rajvaidya earlier this month. The agency has alleged Kapil Wadhawan "diverted" funds from DHFL to shell companies and later these dubious entities got amalgamated with Sunblink to "cover" alleged diversion of loans acquired from the housing finance firm.
Mirchi was allegedly the right hand man of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.
(IMage from cnbctv18.com)