Court issues arrest warrant against fugitives wanted in USA
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Last Updated: Friday, July 02, 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."


First Published: Friday, July 02, 2010, 22:49

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