The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday dismissed a state government plea challenging the discharge of alleged hawala operator Afroz Hasan Fatta by a special PMLA court in Ahmedabad in April 2021 from proceedings arising out of an FIR filed at the Surat Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) police station in 2014.
While a detailed order of the Gujarat High Court upholding the lower court’s discharge of Fatta from cheating and forgery allegations remains to be made public, pronouncing the operative part of the verdict on Tuesday, Justice B N Karia said, “The prosecution has not been able to throw any suspicion, and prima facie, no case is made out against the respondent (Fatta). This court does not find any merit in the present revision application and therefore it is dismissed.”
In March 2014, a first information report (FIR) was registered with the Surat DCB police station based on a complaint filed by ICICI Bank, Surat, against RA Distributors Pvt Ltd and its directors, accusing them of hatching a criminal conspiracy and depositing 17 bogus and fabricated bill of entries. By submitting the said forged bills before ICICI Bank, Surat, the accused had allegedly illegally transferred Rs 104 crore through hawala to Dubai and Hong Kong to different companies, the FIR said.