New Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday asked the CBI
to urgently make arrangements for sending the body of A E
Pinto, an accused in the urea scam case, to London.
Pinto, 63, a UK national of Brazilian origin, died
yesterday following prolonged illness.
Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah passed the order on an
application filed by Pinto`s wife Eugenia Teles.
Advocate Wills Mathews had filed the application on
behalf of Teles, who had sent an e-mail communication pleading
that her husband`s body be brought back to the UK as she
wanted to complete the formalities relating to his burial.
The CBI on its part submitted that it will get the body
embalmed and dispatched to London on its own expenses from
where Pinto`s wife may collect it.
Taking on record the statement of two sides, the court
said, "The CBI submitted that it will try to get the matter
expedited and dispatch the body after due formalities. Let the
required be done in a day or two."
Pinto was the owner of M/S Brasil trading company UK. He
was arrested on December 11, 1997 in London on a request of
the CBI which was probing the urea scam.
He was extradited to India on August 27, 2000.
The accused was granted bail on October 29, 2002 and
was released on February 20, 2003. He had remained in custody
for a period of five years and ten months. Pinto was not given
permission to leave India.
The Supreme Court had on April 12, 2010 directed a Delhi
court to complete the trial in the case within four months and
ensure that all care be taken of Pinto, who was ailing.