Sex racket: Police asked to give copy of plea to Godman

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:07

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday asked Delhi
Police to provide a copy of their application seeking to quiz
self-styled Godman in custody in a case of alleged running of
a multi-crore sex racket in the national capital.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ravinder Singh, who was
approached by the police for permission to interrogate in
custody accused Shiv Murat Dwivedi (39), alias Ichchadhari
Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale, said "the
accused be provided a the copy of the remand application."

"Fix the application for arguments tomorrow," the
court said after hearing brief arguments.

"Once an accused is remanded to judicial custody
(jail), police cannot seek his custody unless there are
special reasons," the counsel, appearing for the Godman, said.

The accused has a right to know the grounds for his
detention and custodial interrogation, he said, citing various
judgements of the Delhi High Court on the issue.

Police, however, said the accused was actively engaged
in running an organised sex racket and his custodial
interrogation was required to unravel the entire case.

"This `Baba` was also running a website to run the
business of flesh trade. The call records and other things
regarding the case have to be ascertained and probed," police

The accused was required to be taken to his native
place at Chitrakoot in Uttaar Pradesh to know his links there,
they said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:07

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