Court grants bail to 1 more arrestee

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 9th Apr: A local court has granted bail to one of the suspects arrested by police in connection with seizure of huge consignment of betel leaves from Imphal International Airport on April 4.
The Court also fixed April 15 to discuss the zimma application of the betel leaves.
On Wednesday, a Singjamei PS team produced Airport Authority of India junior assistant field staff Soibam Rojit (27), s/o late Surajboro of Changangei Mayai Leikai, who was arrested in connection with the case, before the Court and made a prayer for judicial remand of the suspect.
The Court, after listening to the arguments of both defence and prosecution, granted bail to Rojit on execution of a PR bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the same amount.
Presently, some of the people arrested by Singjamei PS in connection with the case are out on bail while some are in judicial custody due to non-payment of the bond amount.
On April 5, police arrested one Aribam Roni (45), w/o late Rajen of Uripok Khoisnam Leikai with 2 bundles of betel leaves from Meino Thong area and handed her and the seized items to Singjamei PS.
During questioning, Roni revealed that she had purchased the betel leaves from Rojit, following which Rojit was arrested on Wednesday.
When Rojit was questioned, he revealed that he conspired with one Laishram Anil alias Chara, s/o Bino of Changangei Mayai Leikai and hid 10 bundles of the betel leaves inside the airport campus on April 4. Of the 10 bundles, he sold 2 bundles to Roni for Rs 15,000 at the gate of the airport.
Meanwhile, the Court has fixed April 15 to discuss the zimma of the seized cargo leaves.
After listening to the arguments of the counsel who filed the zimma and the APP, the Court observed that the rightful owner of the betel leaves is yet to be identified and that an examination report from the Food safety administration on whether the betel leaves is safe for human consumption is still pending. As such, it fixed April 15 to hear the zimma application.


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