Court extends godman’s custody by 14 days in sex racket case

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 20:53

New Delhi: In a proceeding conducted through
video-conferencing, a Delhi court on Tuesday extended by 14 days
the judicial custody of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi
in a flesh trade racket case.

Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj
Chitrakootwale, who had earlier filed a plea seeking security
in Tihar jail and the prison van, was not brought before
Metropolitan Magistrate Ravinder Singh and was produced
through video-conferencing link established between the jail
and the court, which extended his judicial custody till April
19.

Earlier, the police had told that the godman was not
forced to sign on blank papers to cook up his confessional
statement recorded under stringent MCOCA.

Defence counsel M S Khan, in an application, had
claimed the accused did not record any confessional statement
and was forced to sign on blank papers.

Dwivedi, who was allegedly involved in four cases
under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and one case of
robbery, was arrested on March 9 under Maharashtra Control
of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The godman was alleged to have earned crores of rupees
through the sex racket and has properties worth Rs 1 crore
at various places. He is also accused of running a website for
flesh trade.

Earlier, the Tihar jail authorities had provided a
separate cell to Dwivedi and his associate after they
apprehended that they could be harmed inside the prison.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 20:53

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