Trader tries to 'hoodwink' SC

KATHMANDU: In one of the many interesting court cases in history, a convicted businessman has been found trying to ‘cheat’ the Supreme Court.

After finding that plots of land offered as bail, in a case related to violation of foreign exchange norms, by Bhimendra Kumar Goyal were valueless the apex court rejected his bail plea on February 21.

Goyal, a resident of Bishalnagar was arrested on April 29 with a view to executing a verdict of the Kathmandu District Court (KDC).

An apex court investigation revealed that Goyal tried to submit plots of land adjoining a rivulet as bail that was needed for his appeal to proceed in the SC. “Since we found that he was trying to cheat us, we submitted the facts before the justices,” Shreekanta Paudel, the SC spokesperson, told The Himalayan Times.

After Goyal offered to deposit 35 ropanis of land with Plot Nos 62 and 63 at Gajuri VDC in Dhading district, the apex court conducted an inquiry and found that the same was a valueless wasteland.

“Since his offer is against Section 2 of the Chapter of Bail of Muluki Ain and Section 13 (1) of the Procedure Relating to Bail, 2009, we submitted the report to the bench; subsequently the bench rejected the bail,” Paudel added.

On February 10, 2005, the KDC had convicted Goyal on charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Act, 1962. He was prosecuted and convicted as per section 3(4) and 17 of the Foreign Exchange Act, 1962, and the KDC had slapped a 4-year jail term and a fine of Rs 1,17,42,936.58 on him. However, when he moved the SC challenging the KDC verdict, the former had released him.