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Guj High Court grants bail to accused in loot & theft of 25,000 kg of pistachio

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Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has granted bail to two accused drivers involved in the theft and loot of 25,110 kg of pistachio worth Rs1.44 crore from a truck which was loaded from Adani Port, Mundra and was heading towards Mumbai.

According to the police, Mayursinh Jadeja and Kuldeepsinh loaded 25,110 kg pistachio in their vehicles after the original truck driver (complainant) Lavkush Nishad, who was carrying the pistachio to Mumbai was abducted by some people at gunpoint from Anjar.

They then took the pistachio to Ahmedabad.

Advocate Utkarsh J Dave representing the petitioner submitted before the high court that the two men have not been named in the FIR and they were arrested based on a statement made by the other co-accused.

As far as the role of the applicants were concerned, they were drivers who had delivered the stolen goods as instructed. Hence they should be released on bail.

What the high court said about the pistachio case?

The Gujarat High Court while granting bail to both the accused observed that prima facie it is a fit case to exercise discretion and enlarge the applicants on regular bail.

The court also ordered both the accused to deposit Rs10,000 each as personal bond with the trial court. Earlier Additional District Court, Anjar had rejected the bail application of both the accused because the investigation is at a crucial stage.

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No bills of the said goods (pistachio) were available from the accused and hence bail couldn’t be granted to them.

The two had then moved the high court.

According to the FIR lodged with the Anjar Police Station, the complainant (original truck driver) had loaded his truck with 25,110 kg pistachio worth rupees Rs1.44 crore from Adani Port in Mundra. He was to deliver the same in Mumbai.

When the truck reached Anjar, a white car blocked his way and he was kidnapped from his truck at gunpoint. They tied the complainant and took him with them in a car. A day later they released him near Mundra Bridge puliya in Anjar and escaped.

The driver then contacted his colleagues and company which traced the stolen trucks to Mithi Rohar Highway through GPS. When the truck was found the consignment had been stolen.

The complainant (original truck driver who was abducted) worked as a driver with VRS logistics private limited.

 

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