Thursday, January 09, 2020

OAG charges three Indian businessmen for gold smuggling

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged three Indian businessmen for smuggling 1.49kgs of gold worth Nu 5.065 million (M) into the country from Thailand to Paro dzongkhag court on January 6.

Of the three suspects, two are from Mumbai, Maharashtra and the third man from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Businessman Ishan Yogeshchandra Bhatt, 33, of Ahmedabad, is charged for attempting to smuggle 800.8 grammes (gm) of gold worth Nu 2.725M into Bhutan through Paro international airport. He imported 111gm of gold chain and three gold biscuits weighing 689.8gm.

A businessman from Mumbai, Suresh Digambar Vernekar, 62, was also in possession of 111gm of gold chain and four gold biscuits weighing 465.86gm. He is charged for importing 576.86gm of gold amounting to Nu 1.962M.

The third businessman, Aboozar Abdul Shakur Shaikh, 56, who is also from Mumbai, is charged for importing 111gm of gold chain worth Nu 377,719.

They are charged for gold smuggling, violating Bhutan Penal Code’s section 279. The offence of smuggling shall be a value-based sentencing. The prosecution charged both Ishan Yogeshchandra Bhatt and Suresh Digambar Vernekar for third degree felony with a prison term ranging from five to nine years.
09/01/20 Rinzin Wangchuk/Kuensel
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