Human trafficking; HC reserves order on bail plea of cricketer
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Last Updated: Monday, April 04, 2011, 19:24
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on the anticipatory bail plea of cricketer Jacob Martin, who has also played for India, in a human trafficking case, saying "his past record does not inspire confidence."

"I am reserving the order on his bail application," Justice Hima Kohli said, asking the Delhi police not to take any coercive action till its decides Martin's plea.

The court, however, expressed anguish over the alleged non-cooperation of Martin, a Vadodara-based cricketer, with the investigators in the case which was registered at Indira Gandhi International Airport police station here in 2003.

"Police issued a notice under section 160 (seeking the presence of person for co-operating in the probe) of the CrPC in July last year and you were given five months time to appear and co-operate," Justice Kohli said.

"The non-bailable warrant was issued in November, 2010. They (police) gave you a long rope but you did not co-operate. How you will you justify that?," the court said.

However, the counsel for Martin attempted to clarify by saying "the case was registered in September 2003 and moreover, I was asked to appear, that too as a witness, in July 2010."

"I am a cricketer and not a mafia don. Except the present case, neither in the past nor after the registration of the case, I have indulged in any criminal case," Martin said.


First Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 19:24

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