Self-styled godman`s judicial custody extended in MCOCA case
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Last Updated: Friday, July 02, 2010, 23:00
New Delhi: A Delhi court today extended by 30 days the judicial custody of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi in a case against him under the stringent MCOCA for allegedly running a flesh trade racket here.

"The judicial custody of the accused is extended till July 31," Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said.

Meanwhile, a magisterial court, which was to hear arguments on framing charges against Dwivedi and seven others, including six alleged call girls in a case lodged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, adjourned the proceedings on the grounds that defence counsel M S Khan was not present.

The court would now frame the charges against Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale and others on July 16.

Police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete the probe in the case lodged under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.

The case under MCOCA was lodged against Dwivedi only after it came to light that he was allegedly running an organised flesh trade syndicate here.

Except Dwivedi, all other accused are out on bail.

Police, in the chargesheet, alleged Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees through the flesh trade racket.

Dwivedi was running the sex racket for the last 10 to 12 years and has acquired properties and wealth running into crores of rupees, the chargesheet said.

During custodial interrogation, police, at the instance of the accused, have recovered various documents relating to properties, investments and bank details, it said.

It also alleged Rs 1.55 lakh in cash, some gold ornaments and VCDs were recovered from the car of Dwivedi at the time of the raid on his premises on February 26.


First Published: Friday, July 02, 2010, 23:00

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