Court defers hearing on bail plea of godman ‘Ichchadhari’



New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday deferred to July 24 the hearing on the bail plea of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi in a case against him under the stringent MCOCA for allegedly running a flesh trade racket here.

"Fix the matter for hearing on the bail application on July 24," Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said.

Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale had filed the plea on a statutory ground, saying "he deserves to be released on bail as the police failed to file the chargesheet within the stipulated 90 days period prescribed under the CrPC and the MCOCA."

Defence counsel M S Khan said that the accused was entitled for his release on bail as the police did not file the probe report within the stipulated time and he cannot be kept in detention for an infinite period.

Police filed a reply opposing the bail plea of the accused.

In another case lodged against Dwivedi and others, including six alleged call girls under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, police have recently filed the chargesheet.

Except Dwivedi, all other accused are out on bail.

Police, however, is yet to complete probe in the case lodged under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.

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

Dwivedi was allegedly running the sex racket for the last 10 to 12 years and has acquired properties worth crores of rupees, police said.

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

Police also alleged that 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.

PTI