New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday refused a plea to provide a separate van to businessman Abhishek Verma`s Romanian wife Anca Maria Neascu, who is allegedly getting extortion threats from undertrial prisoners, to ferry her from Tihar Jail in connection with various cases.
Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Jain did not accept Anca`s plea saying it was practically "not feasible" to provide a separate jail van to every undertrial prisoner.
The court, however, directed the Tihar Jail Superintendent and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of third battalion of the Delhi Armed Police, which is responsible for ferrying undertrial prisoners between courts and jails, to ensure safety and security of Anca.
"In view of the report, practically it is not feasible to provide a separate jail van to each and every undertrial prisoner. In my opinion, the safety and security of applicant Anca may be ensured by the officials of the third battalion," the judge said.
The court also directed the jail authorities that Anca should not to be transported in the van along with undertrial prisoners Rashmi Sharma, wife of Hari Kishan Sharma who is a key accused in the recent Rs 5.25 crore heist here in Defence Colony, and Shivani as they had allegedly threatened her.
"As suggested by the defence counsel, it is directed that the Jail Superintendent as well as the DCP third battalion and staff will ensure that Anca is not transported to the court from jail or during hospital visit along with undertrial prisoners namely Rashmi Sharma and Shivani who allegedly threatened the accused...," the judge said.
Anca and Verma are at present lodged in jail under judicial custody after being arrested for their alleged roles in a corruption and money laundering case. They are also accused in a forgery case as well as a case lodged under the Official Secrets Act against them.
Anca, in her plea, had alleged she was continuously threatened, humiliated and harassed by undertrial prisoners in the jail van.
The court`s order came after it received a report from the
DCP who said that due to shortage of manpower and jail vans, providing a separate van to each undertrial prisoner is not feasible.
The DCP, in the report, also said proper security and safety is provided to Anca in the jail van.
The court, after going through the DCP`s report and arguments advanced by Anca`s counsel Vijay Aggarwal, said it is reflected that as Verma was having certain disputes with some undertrial prisoners, his wife is now being allegedly tortured and harassed by them.
It also asked the DCP to deploy appropriate security while ferrying Anca in the jail van.
"It is also directed that the DCP third battalion will issue necessary directions and will ensure the proper safety and security of Anca while travelling in jail van by deploying appropriate number of security staff," the court said.
It also extended the judicial custody of Verma and Anca till November 16 in connection with a corruption case and a forgery case lodged against them.
During the day, the couple were produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gautam Manan in connection with the money laundering case lodged against them by Enforcement Directorate (ED). The court extended their judicial custody till November 16.
Besides this, the couple was also produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Vidya Prakash in connection with the case registered against them under the Official Secrets Act and the court extended their judicial custody till November 16.