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Arvind Kumar Bhatnagar



Conspiracy to defraud


"1 year or payment of GH¢500,000 fine"

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Judicially Exonerated

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"Arvind Kumar Bhatnagar and his codefendant Daniel Charles Gyimah were wrongly convicted on February 27, 2015 by the High Court in Accra, Ghana of conspiracy to defraud, defrauding by false pretenses, forgery, and other charges. Bhatnagar was convicted in absentia because the crimes wee allegedly committed by Bhatnager prior to him leaving Ghana on January 31, 2007. Bhatnagar was a Dubai-based Indian businessman and a director of Eland International Ghana Limited. The case was in connection with a Collective Management Agreement signed between Eland and the National Investments Bank, of which Gyimah was the managing director, and for which the Bank had charged and received collateral management fees of GH$109,000. The High court sentenced both Bhatnagar and Gyimah to a fine of GH$500,000.00 or 12 months imprisonment in default on each count. On appeal Bhatnagar and Gyimah argued that their convictions and sentences should be quashed as a matter of law because after the charges were filed in 2010 no arrest warrant was issued, no criminal summons was served, and in the case of Bhatnagar no extradition proceedings initiated. So the codefendants could not have known to appear at the commencement of the trial to be duly arraigned before the High Court. The Attorney-General of Ghana did not oppose the appeal by admitting the partieshad not been served hearing notices before their trial. On October 20, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ghana quashed the convictions of Bhatnagar and Gyimah."

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"On October 20, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ghana quashed the convictions of Bhatnagar and Gyimah."

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"Re: Supreme court quashes conviction of former nib Boss, By graphic.com.gh, Graphic Online, November 4, 2015"

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"Supreme Court quashes Indian businessman’s conviction in Absentia, By Staff writer, Ghanaweb.com, October 24, 2015"

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