Sex racket; Godman seeks bail for arranging child`s school fee
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 21:31
Controversial self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi, who is in jail under stringent MCOCA for allegedly running a sex racket, today approached a Delhi court seeking interim bail on the ground that he will have to arrange for school fees of his daughter.

"All the bank accounts of mine (Dwivedi) have been sealed and consequently, my daughter, a student of class VIIth, would be forced to discontinue her studies if the fees are not paid to the school," Dwivedi, in his bail application, said.

The plea, filed by Dwivedi's counsel M S Khan, said that in the interest of justice, he be granted an interim bail for 30 days for enabling him to arrange for the school fees.

Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria, who had earlier dismissed the bail plea, fixed his fresh application for hearing tomorrow.

The court, meanwhile, sent Dwivedi's key aide Praveen, who has recently been arrested under the MCOCA, to judicial custody till August 18 after he was produced on the conclusion of his two-day custodial interrogation.

Praveen has so far been quizzed in custody for four days by the police which had claimed that he was involved along with Dwivedi in the running of an organised sex racket.

Besides Dwivedi, alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale, Praveen is the second accused who was arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.

A magisterial court had recently framed charges against the self-styled godman and six others, including five alleged call girls, in another case relating to running a sex racket here. The case was lodged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

The police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete the probe in the case lodged under MCOCA.

The chargesheet alleged Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees by running the flesh trade for over a decade.


First Published: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 21:31

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