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Ghiya won't serve life term; idols will go to museum

DNJAI46059 | 1/16/2014 | Author : dna correspondent | WC :834 | City-Jaipur

HC grants relief to 'idol smuggler', slams cops for tardy investigation

More than 10 years after he was arrested and later sentenced to life for smuggling of antiques from Rajasthan to auction houses and private collectors across borders, Rajasthan-based Vaman Narayan Ghiya, finally was offered some relief by the Rajasthan High Court.
The court, on Wednesday, quashed a lower court's order sentencing Ghiya to life and slammed the police for "tardy investigation" and the prosecution for failing to produce material evidence in the case.
The division bench of RS Chauhan and VS Siradhana observed that the prosecution has made much of the fact that the appellant is a ring leader of a gang of thieves and is a smuggler of Indian antiques to private auction houses like Christies and Sotheby. <
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