"Threatening" SMS to Tharoor: Businessman let off on bail

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 20:22

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday granted bail
to a businessman, accused of sending threatening and filthy
text messages to politicians, including former Union Minister
Shashi Tharoor.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja granted the
relief to Narender Khosla, 27, a manpower supplier who had
allegedly procured SIM cards in someone else`s name, on a
personal bond and a surety of Rs 35,000 each.
Khosla had allegedly sent threatening SMSes to Tharoor
and MPs Brinda Karat, Mehmood Masood Madani, Rashid Alvi, Om
Prakash and Sandeep Dikshit.

Taking into account the fact that the accused was in
custody since April 16, the court said "no fruitful purpose,
in my view, shall be served by keeping the accused behind the
bar."

"The case is still at the stage of investigation. It will
be premature, in my view, to express any opinion regarding
offence for which the accused may ultimately be chargesheeted.
However, it cannot be ignored that the accused is in the
custody since April 16," the court said.

It also took into account that the alleged recovery of
the computer, printer and scanner, used for preparing fake
identity cards, have been effected at the instance of the
accused.
Delhi police`s Special Cell, which arrested Khosla on
April 16, had quizzed him for two days.

On April 19, he was sent to judicial custody after the
investigators did not seek further police custody of Khosla, a
resident of Amritsar in Punjab.

According to the police, the accused used the documents
of a gym instructor Manick Verma to procure the SIM cards and
sent text messages with an aim to cause trouble to the latter
with whom he had a personal rivalry.

The accused was allegedly angry with Verma for having an
affair with a woman in whom he was also interested.

Khosla`s employee Rohit, 22, who was also arrested in
the case, has already been sent to judicial custody by the CMM
till April 30.

A total of five cases have been registered against Khosla
in Delhi.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 20:22

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