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

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.