Man arrested for impersonating PM, Lalu Prasad seeks bail

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 17:02

New Delhi: A man accused of making hoax calls to demand favours and money by impersonating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Friday moved Delhi court seeking bail in the matter.

33-year-old Vikas Datt, an ex-employee of T-Series Super Cassettes Industries, filed his application before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma, who will hear it tomorrow.

Police had arrested Vikas and Kishan Kumar, former employees of T-Series, in connection with the matter. They both are in judicial custody till October 10.

Earlier, the court had dismissed the bail application of Kishan and had said that if the accused is released on bail at "this initial stage of investigation, there is a likelihood of his either destroying the evidence or hampering the probe".

The two were arrested on the complaint lodged by firm`s director Ved Prakash Chanana with Crime Branch of Delhi police on September 27, alleging that he had been flooded with hoax calls for the last few months.

Chanana, a resident of Greater Kailash-II, alleged that they had also impersonated BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and former Union Minister Raghupati Sevugan among others.

The police had said Kishan and his aides were making hoax calls from three different numbers to officials of the firm to demand Rs 20 lakh and seek other favours.

The duo have been booked under section 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), 387 (extortion), 511 (attempt to commit an offence), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of IPC.

Vikas`s counsel told the court that there is not an iota of evidence available to link him with the commission of offence under Section 387 read with section 511 IPC and remaining offences are all bailable in nature.

The counsel in the application also said that as per the complainant`s own claim, someone was trying to befool him by speaking in the changed voice and the voice did not actually matches to the person purported to have been making calls.

"Once the complainant and his employee were sure that the person calling them was not actually Lalu Prasad or Shatrughan Sinha then there was no occasion for them to get intimidated by the said fake calls and there is no extortion committed by accused as alleged in the complaint by asking one Bir Singh to pay the penalty amount of Rs 20 lakh or to face the dire consequences," the applications states.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 17:02

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