Gold Smuggler, Ashok Kumar Jalan

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Kolkata Zonal Unit intercepted Anand on 09.06.2019 near Dankuni Toll Plaza, West Bengal, while he was travelling on a bus from Siliguri to Kolkata, carrying 8 kilograms of gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 2.71 Crores. Anand stated he had been engaged by Ashok Kumar Jalan and Amit Jalan, who were apprehended by DRI at Food Court, Quest Mall, Kolkata on 10.06.2019.

The High Court has committed a grave error in quashing and setting aside the detention orders and interfering with the subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority. It is evident that the detaining authority while passing the detention orders was aware of the fact that the detenus are actually in custody; it is a real possibility of their being released on bail; and on being so released they would in all probability indulge in prejudicial activities and therefore it is essential to prevent them from smuggling gold and foreign currency in future. The detenus shall be taken into custody.”

Hon’ble Justice M.R. Shah, Union of India v. Ankit Ashok Jalan, [Criminal Appeal No. 1746 of 2019].Quest.jpg