Delhi court to hear godman`s bail plea on July 8

A Delhi court has fixed July 8 for hearing bail plea of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi.

Updated: Jul 03, 2010, 14:37 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today fixed July
8 for hearing the bail plea of self-styled godman Shiv
Murat Dwivedi in a case against him under the stringent MCOCA
for allegedly running a flesh trade racket here.

"Fix the matter for hearing on the bail application
and the reply of the prosecution on July eight," Additional
Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said.

Earlier, Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami
Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale had filed the bail
application on the statutory ground, saying "he deserves to be
released on bail as the police failed to file the chargesheet
within the stipulated 90 days period prescribed under the CrPC
and the MCOCA."

The public prosecutor, meanwhile, filed an application
seeking extension of time for concluding the investigation in
the case.

Defence counsel M S Khan, however, opposed prosecution
plea on the ground that "the police was seeking extension of
time four days after the lapse of statutory period which could
not be allowed."

Meanwhile, police also filed a reply opposing bail
plea of the accused.

Police has already filed a chargesheet against Dwivedi
and seven others, including six alleged call girls in a case
lodged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

The court had yesterday posted the matter for framing
of charges against Dwivedi and others on July 16.

Police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under
the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and
others, is yet to complete the probe in the case lodged under
the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.

The case under MCOCA was lodged against Dwivedi only
after it came to light that he was allegedly running an
organised flesh trade syndicate here.

Except Dwivedi, all other accused are out on bail.
Police, in the chargesheet, alleged Dwivedi had
amassed wealth running into crores of rupees through the flesh
trade racket.

Dwivedi was running the sex racket for the last 10 to
12 years and has acquired properties and wealth running into
crores of rupees, the chargesheet said.

During custodial interrogation, police, at the
instance of the accused, have recovered various documents
relating to properties, investments and bank details, it said.

It also alleged that Rs 1.55 lakh in cash, some gold
ornaments and VCDs were recovered from the car of Dwivedi at
the time of the raid on his premises on February 26.