Idol theft cases: HC dismisses bail plea of Subash Kapoor

Idol theft cases: HC dismisses bail plea of Subash Kapoor
Oct 13, 2020, 04:01 IST

Madurai: Directing a trial court hearing the idol theft cases to complete the trial as expeditiously as possible, the Madras high court on Monday dismissed as withdrawn the bail plea of a US-based antiques dealer who was arrested in connection with the cases in 2012.

The court was hearing the bail petition filed by Subash Chandra Kapoor, 71, a resident of New York, who is presently confined as an under trial prisoner at Trichy Central Prison.
The state public prosecutor A Natarajan informed that the petitioner was involved in theft of idols belonging to the Chola period which is worth crores of rupees. The petitioner was absconding for several years and was extradited from Germany. He further informed the court that the trial in this case would be completed soon and objected to the grant of bail to the petitioner.
After the counsel appearing for the petitioner sought permission to withdraw the petition, justice G K Ilanthiraiyan dismissed it as withdrawn.
The case of the prosecution is that several idols were stolen from two temples in Ariyalur in 2008. The petitioner, who is an Indian origin US citizen had displayed few of the idols in an art gallery ‘Art of the Past’ in the US. Based on the confession of the co-accused, the petitioner’s name was included in the case.
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After a Red Corner Notice was issued, Kapoor, who was in Germany was handed over by their government to the Indian government and he was remanded in judicial custody on July 14, 2012. The case, which was initially registered by the Udayarpalayam police was subsequently transferred to the idol wing CID. Final report was filed and the case is under trial before the Kumbakonam additional chief judicial magistrate court which is the special court for idol theft cases. Four other cases are pending against the petitioner.

His earlier bail application was dismissed by the Thanjavur principal sessions court on September 10.

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