Court issues arrest warrant against fugitives wanted in USA

Last Updated: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 22:49

New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued warrants
of arrest against four persons, including a woman, on the plea
of the Central government which has initiated an inquiry on a
request from the United States seeking their extradition.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey
issued the warrant against the accused persons after advocate
Naveen Kumar Matta, appearing for the External Affairs
Ministry, pressed for their arrest.

Fugitives Brijbhusan Bansal, Yatinder Kumar Aggarwal,
Himanshu Kulshresta and lone woman Shivni Julie Agarwal, are
alleged to have been illgally distributing "controlled
substances" as well as "non-controlled prescription drugs" in
the US after importing it from India.

The US authorities, in their request for extradition, has
detailed about the specific roles played by all accused
persons in course of running the "illegal" trade.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the USA has
claimed to have identified two e-mail accounts used in
connection with the shipments of the illegal drugs.

DEA has also alleged that Akhil Bansal, son of Brijbhusan
Bansal, paid one Richard Dabney to ship the consignment
containing "illegal drugs".

"The vast majority of the Bansal e-mails consisted of
orders for drugs sent to Bansal`s account from the
website-operated customers in the form of excel spreadsheets
containing the consumer names, mailing and contact
information, and the nature and quantity of drugs in their
orders," the DEA has claimed.

Based on the interception of the e-mails following a
court order, the US authorities claimed that Kulshrestha
handled most of the day-to-day operations of the Bansal
organisation.

"When orders for certain customers were sent to India,
the Bansal e-mails showed that many of these were forwarded by
Brij Bansal to Julie Agarwal for fulfilment. Julie and
Yatindra Agarwal sent invoices to customers they serviced, and
digital photographic images of the various drugs for the
customers to use their websites," the DEA submitted in its
request letter.

They said "Kulshrestha received most customer orders in
India and replied to each customer acknowledging their orders
and thanking them for their business."

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 22:49

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