Court seeks explanation on why Babloo was produced late
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 20:07
  
New Delhi: Taking a serious view of the failure of Uttar Pradesh Jail authorities to produce underworld don Babloo Srivastava on time, a Delhi court on Saturday sought explanation from them.

Additional Sessions Judge Shalinder Kaur issued a notice to Superintendent Jail, Bareilly, where the extradited gangster is lodged now, asking him to explain why the authorities failed to produce him on time during the on-going trial against him in an extortion case.

The court sought a response from the official on September 13, the next date of hearing in the matter, for recording the statement of witnesses.

The court was prompted to issue the notice as Babloo was produced before it in the afternoon even though the matter was put up for hearing at 10 am.

Babloo is brought to the capital from Bareilly jail on every date of hearing. He is escorted by more than two dozens police personnel from Uttar Pradesh and almost equal number of staff from Delhi police, besides the senior officers.

Meanwhile, the court issued bailable warrants to the sum of Rs 5,000 against prosecution witnesses Delhi police Sub Inspector Anil Kumar and Inspector Ashok Singh as they failed to appear before it to record their statements despite notices.

Babloo, who was extradited from Singapore in 1995, is accused of threatening businessman Sheetal Prasad Singh who had lodged the FIR against him and others with the Delhi police's Special Cell in 2003.

According to the police, the accused had allegedly put Singh, who was into the business of making high security registration plates since 2001, in fear of death and forced him to meet Babloo and another businessman Nitin Shah.

Babloo, along with his three associates Fazlu-ur Rehman, Pradeep Khurana and Jitender Singh, is facing trial for allegedly making threatening calls to Singh to extort Rs 25 lakh from him between March 2003 to April 2003.

Khurana and Singh are out on bail while Rehman is lodged at Tihar jail here.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 20:07


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