Defence seeks interpreter as accused does not know English, Tamil
The commencement of the trial of Subhash Chandra Kapoor, the U.S.-based antiquities dealer lodged in the Puzhal Prison in Chennai, for alleged involvement in idols thefts in Tamil Nadu got further delayed on Friday.
The Judicial Magistrate Court here adjourned the case for two weeks. The defence had filed a petition seeking an official interpreter on the grounds that Mr. Kapoor does not follow Tamil. The prosecution, however, maintained there was no need for an interpreter as his counsel knew English and Tamil.
The trial in the case pertains to theft of 26 idols from two temples in Ariyalur district in Tamil Nadu. The charge against the 65-year-old is that he conspired to commit burglary, and organised and funded the offence, besides abetting smuggling. He is also alleged to have sold stolen idols to various museums abroad.
Mr, Kapoor was arrested and extradited from Germany in 2012 following a Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol. Charges were framed against him in December 2013.
Although he was alleged to have has been associated with thefts from temples in Suthamalli and Sripuranthan, charges were framed only with respect to the Suthamalli case, where 18 idols were stolen. The prosecution has listed over 50 witnesses.
A.G. Ponn Manickavel, DIG, Idol Wing, told The Hindu that the Tamil Nadu police have “wealth of evidence of high probative force” in support of the case.