US citizen held with live cartridges given bail
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 21:04
New Delhi: A US national, arrested minutes before boarding a Hyderabad flight at the IGI airport with four live cartridges, was granted bail on Wednesday by a Delhi court.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Kumar Goel granted the relief to Stacy Woodruff, noting the prosecuting agency's admission that the US citizen has no criminal antecedents and he had carried the live cartridges to the airport inadvertently in his baggage.

The court granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 and a surety of the like amount while stipulating that he will not leave the country without its permission.

It let him off of on bail declining the prosecuting agency's plea to remand him in 14-days' judicial custody.

The government had earlier given an undertaking to the court that no aircraft with noisy engines would be allowed to take off or land at the airport at night from November 1 and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also issued a circular to this effect.

"We have fixed the limit in airport zones at 105 decibels during day and 95 decibels during night," the counsel said.

The counsel, appearing for Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), too had apprised the bench of DGCA's rule that no aircraft operator should indulge in any activity related to aircraft operation that exceeds or intends to exceed the maximum permissible noise limits at the airport during the day.

The limits have been fixed at levels lower than most major international airports including New York's JFK (99 decibels as limit), Rio de Janeiro (118.4 db), Paris (104.5 db) and Osaka (107 db). Three airports in London have 94 db as the limit, said the government's counsel.


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 21:04

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