Initially, ED expressed concern that Chandra could leave the country if released on bail and said “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.
Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, appearing for the ED, opposed the bail plea and told the bench that Chandra was arrested while trying to leave the country and was at risk of fleeing.
Divan maintained that Chandra had recently obtained citizenship of the Dominican Republic, which is not among the countries with which India has an extradition treaty.
ED had recently filed a new indictment in court here in connection with its money laundering investigation against property group Unitech, its developer brothers Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra and others.
Sanjay Chandra, Ajay Chandra, Ramesh Chandra (their father and founder of Unitech Group), Preeti Chandra (wife of Sanjay Chandra), Rajesh Malik (promoter of the accused company of Carnoustie Group) and 66 domestic and foreign companies were charged in the load sheet.