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To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. To flee from arresting or prosecuting officers of the state.

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v. 1) traditionally to leave a jurisdiction (where the court, a process server or law enforcement can find one) to avoid being served with legal papers or being arrested. 2) a surprise leaving with funds or goods that have been stolen, as in "he absconded with the loot."

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to run away, especially from the jurisdiction of a court. It may be an offence in its own right as where the absconder is on BAIL and fails to surrender to custody or tries to escape the consequences of insolvency.
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ABSCOND. To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed in order to avoid their process.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He can insist that the case be referred to the labour court where the questioner can try to prove by all means that the employer reported him as a false absconder to avoid paying him his pending salary and end of service rights.
He requested Court to declare the accused as absconder.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Sep 13 (ANI): Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress party on Thursday said that it's 'Bhagodon ka saath, Looteron ka vikaas' (Support to absconders, development of fleecers) in an apparent take-off on the government's slogan 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas' (Support of all, development for all).
In compliance with the orders of Worth Accountability Courts, NAB Intelligence teams raided the sanctuary of absconder in Islamabad and arrested him.
'It is a matter of grave concern that a person who has been declared an absconder and whose warrants of arrest had been issued by various courts had been allowed to file his nomination papers, conditionally,' the statement reads.
Shortly after the bank's management discovered that the papers had been forged and that the absconder had lied about being an employee at the Interior Ministry, the act of swindling and deception was reported to the police.
Kashmore SSP Captain (r) Haider Raza said that SHO Gheehalpur caught two absconders from katcha area.
"The immigration officer told me that my previous employer had listed me as an absconder. I could not exit the country and was forced to approach the employer who demanded that I pay him Dh10,000," Krishnamurthy said.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) had declared Eswaran an absconder and still Siddaramaiah met him during his 2013 China visit.
The court also directed authorities to arrest the absconders and present them before the court on November 25.
After tying his hands and feet with adhesive tapes, the absconder took the complainant's cheque book from his suitcase, which also had Dh2,500, a credit card and an ATM card with its PIN number, and told him to write cheque for $1 million.
The Absconder Initiative puts to paper what the Justice Department intends to do in response to the events of September 11, namely the capture and deportation of more than 300,000 people with immigration violations.