NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order for February 13 on framing of charges against Romesh Sharma, an alleged front man of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with a FERA violation case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau reserved the order after hearing arguments from Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P P Malhotra and Naveen Matta on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate and senior counsel Harjinder Singh for the accused.

The court asked both the sides to file their written submissions by February 8.

Dubai

Sharma, who is in jail for the past several years, is accused of having contravened provisions of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) in 1992, by transferring forex worth Rs 13.73 lakh to one Alex C Joseph's account in Dubai without obtaining RBI's approval.

ED alleged that part of the money thus transferred - about Rs 3.84 lakh - was used to purchase a Mitsubishi 'Pajero', while the remaining Rs 9.89 lakh was credited to a Non-Resident External account opened in the name of K Mamu.

Prosecution

According to the prosecution, Mamu, in his statement, said that before returning to India from Dubai, Joseph paid him Rs 50,000 to bring a jeep in his name to India intended for Sharma, and that he neither saw nor used the jeep himself.

Sharma's counsel submitted that the Directorate had no evidence against the accused and that the SUV was in fact purchased from another person.

Sharma is facing trial in several other cases here.- PTI

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