Alex C Joseph, the luxury car smuggler, who had allegedly imported luxury cars from foreign countries and sold them to DMK treasurer MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi and BCCI president N Srinivasan of India Cements among other influential persons, was produced before the Special Court for CBI cases in Chennai, which granted him police custody for three days, on Monday.
He should be re-produced before the court on February 6, the judge said.
Joseph, said to have smuggled in at least 400 luxury cars from foreign countries and sold them at low rates to high-profile persons and remaining underground for a year now, was arrested by Anti-Corruption wing of the CBI in the national capital on February 1.
According to CBI sources, case was registered by the CBI, ACB, Chennai on March 20,2013 against officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Alex C Joseph and certain other unknown persons for offences under sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468, 468 r/w 471 of the IPC and sec 13(2) r/w 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, on the allegation that Joseph had imported luxury vehicles through India Sea Ports violating pre and post import provisions and caused `48.40 crore loss to the Union government.
Joseph was evading due process of law right from the date of registration of the case and was not responding to the notices for appearance issued by CBI. The Madras HC turned down his repeated prayers for anticipatory bail and he continued to evade investigation.
The CBI had also issued “Look out circular” to all airports and formed various teams and the sustained efforts by the CBI revealed the accused was in Delhi. Pursuing a specific lead, the CBI team of Chennai located Joseph in the reception hall of Hotel Taj Palace and he was arrested on February 1. He was produced before the duty chief metropolitan magistrate in New Delhi on February 2 and a transit warrant was issued. Joseph was produced before principal special judge for CBI cases, Chennai today, when the CBI filed an application seeking his custody for 10 days. But the judge granted custody for three days.