Sex racket: Court to hear arguments on charges against Dwivedi

New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday fixed for July 2 arguments on framing of charges against self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi, who along with seven others, including six alleged call girls, are accused in a flesh trade case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Singh, who extended the judicial custody of Dwivedi by 24 days, asked the prosecutor to start advancing arguments on July 2, the next date of hearing.

Except Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale, all other accused are out on bail in the case.

Police, which have also booked Dwivedi in another case lodged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA), have recently filed a chargesheet in the flesh trade case under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Earlier, the court had provided the accused with the copies of the chargesheet which alleged that Dwivedi with the help of others had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees through the sex racket.

However, police are yet to file the probe report in the MCOCA case.

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

It was also claimed that Rs 1.55 lakh cash, some gold ornaments and VCDs were recovered from the car of Dwivedi during a raid on February 26.