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Court directs CBI to withdraw LOC against Aakar Patel

Court directs CBI to withdraw LOC against Aakar PatelCourt directs CBI to withdraw LOC against Amnesty International India chair Aakar  Patel

A Delhi court on Thursday directed the CBI to withdraw a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against the chair of Amnesty International India Board Aakar Patel in a case of an alleged violation of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.

 

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar passed the order and directed the probe agency to file a compliance report.

 

Earlier during the arguments, the CBI opposed the application of Patel saying there was a likelihood of him fleeing from justice if he was allowed to leave the country.

 

The CBI said that Patel was highly influential.

Delhi Court seeks response of CBI on journalist Aakar Patel's plea for  withdrawal of LOC

“We are not demanding for arrest. We are saying he should not cross the country,” the agency said.

 

The court noted the CBI submission that the investigation was continuing since 2021, and said if Patel was a flight risk, he would have been arrested.

 

The court said he could have run away during the investigation also then.

 

Patel’s counsel had opposed the CBI’s contention, claiming that citizens’ rights are being railroaded by the agency.

aakar patel: Delhi court directs CBI to withdraw lookout circular against  former Amnesty India head Aakar Patel immediately - The Economic Times  Video | ET Now

“It is time that we send a suitable reply to law enforcement agencies and society,” he told the court.

 

Patel’s application has further sought the court’s permission to visit the US to take up his foreign assignment and lecture series organised by various universities till May 30.

 

It submitted that Patel was stopped by immigration authorities at the Bangalore International Airport on Wednesday while he was boarding a flight to the US.

 

The application claimed that the action was taken despite an order by a Gujarat court granting him permission to travel abroad.FCRA row: Court directs CBI to withdraw LOC against Amnesty's Aakar Patel-  The New Indian Express

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