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Businessman In Court Over Alleged $46K Drug Case

A 48-year-old businessman charged with possession of illicit drugs was refused bail by the Nausori Magistrates Court yesterday. Rakesh Charan appeared before Magistrate Chaiyanya Lakshman. Charan was allegedly found in possession
12 May 2016 13:34
Businessman In Court Over Alleged $46K Drug Case
Rakesh Charan 48 (left) outside Nausori Court yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

48-year-old businessman charged with possession of illicit drugs was refused bail by the Nausori Magistrates Court yesterday.

Rakesh Charan appeared before Magistrate Chaiyanya Lakshman.

Charan was allegedly found in possession of 57.5 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $46,000 at his home in Navuso, Naitasiri.

While making an oral submission in court yesterday, State lawyer Yogesh Prasad said the accused had pending cases of similar nature in the High Court and he was also on bail when he reoffended and charged for this matter.

Mr Prasad strongly objected to bail on the grounds that the matter was in the public’s interest and made an application that it be transferred to the High Court.

Defence lawyer, Sunil Kumar argued that his client was not a danger to the society. Mr Kumar also told the court that according to his client, his house was robbed and the drugs were planted in it.

He said Charan was arrested later while walking on the road.

While making an oral bail application, Mr Kumar informed the court that his client was married with children and his main source of income came from a boxing gym he operated at Navuso.

He said if his client was remanded in custody, his wife and children would be affected.

As part of the application, Charan produced two sureties in court yesterday; one of which was a mechanic who used to repair his car and a boxing trainee he used to train.

Mr Prasad again objected to these sureties saying that they both were not closely related to the accused and they would also have no control over the accused’s movement when he was due in court.

While delivering his ruling yesterday, Magistrate Lakshman said the court was of the view that the applicant would not respect his bail conditions if granted bail.

He said the court had also noted the details of the two presented sureties and found that they were not suitable sureties as they held no influence or control over the accused to ensure that he appeared in court.

Magistrate Lakshman also ordered that the accused be further remanded in custody. The case has been adjourned to May 20 to be heard by the High Court.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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