SHILLONG, Oct 16, 2017: The Meghalaya High Court on Monday has granted bail to the two accused who were arrested in connection with the IRS Call Centre scam.
The two accused identified as Christopher Kurbah and Nicky War were arrested on allegations of cheating American national nationals and extracting money while impersonating as Internal Revenue Service Agents through the facilities of a Call Centre.
While directing the release of the duo on bail, the High Court ordered that they furnish a personal bond of Rs. 20,000 with two sureties in the sum of Rs.10, 000 each to the satisfaction of the concerned Judicial Magistrate First Class, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, with an undertaking not to hamper or interfere with the investigation in any manner and to remain present before the Investigating Officer and before the Court concerned as and when called upon to do so.
It may be mentioned that War was arrested on the allegation that he was the owner of a Call Centre and was running the racket with other persons, while Christopher Kurbah, was arrested on allegations that he was working as a mobilizer in S.S. Net Com, Dhanketi, and was recruiting other persons for the fraudulent operations.
The counsel for War had argued that the premises in question were taken on rent by the petitioner for running a Call Centre on monthly rental basis and for this business, necessary permissions were obtained from the concerned authorities besides police verification; and the establishment was duly registered with the concerned Deputy Labour Commissioner.
According to the counsel, the petitioner was merely receiving a meager amount as license fees and was not actively participating in the business and hence, he is not connected with the offences in question and no purpose would be served by his detention further.
The counsel for War also pointed out that the accused persons in the cognate matter carrying similar nature allegations, Amit Bhowmik, Raj Sohphoh, Naina Gurung and Pynshai Mawthoh have been granted bail by the Subordinate Court on 12.10.2017; and in yet other cognate matter, two accused persons – Rijjo Joseph and Sweety Sutnga, were ordered to be released on bail by the Subordinate Court on 22.09.2017 and 25.09.2017.
Meanwhile, counsel for Kurbah argued that the petitioner was only an employee under the S.S. Net Com and was dealing mainly with the supply of manpower for the maintenance and up-keep of the premises and had otherwise no connection with the offences said to have been committed by the other persons; and no purpose would be served by his detention further.
The Public Prosecutor while opposing the bail applications argued that the rackets unearthed in this matter are of wide import and implication; and as several of the accused persons are yet to be apprehended, releasing of the present petitioner may hamper the investigation.
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