Sex racket: Court defers hearing on bail plea of "godman"



New Delhi: A Delhi court today deferred the hearing on the bail plea of controversial self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi who is in jail under stringent MCOCA for allegedly running a sex racket here.

"Fix the bail application for hearing tomorrow," Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said.

Dwivedi, alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale, has moved a fresh application seeking interim bail for 30 days on the ground that he will have to arrange for school fees of his daughter.

The godman, in his plea filed through advocate M S Khan, said "all the bank accounts of mine (Dwivedi) have been sealed and consequently, my daughter, a student of class VIIth, would be forced to discontinue her studies if the fees are not paid to the school.

The court had earlier dismissed his bail plea saying the allegations against the accused were grave.

Besides Dwivedi, Praveen is the second accused who was arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.

A magisterial court had recently framed charges against the self-styled godman and six others, including five alleged call girls, in another case relating to running a sex racket here. The case was lodged under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

The police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete the probe in the case lodged under MCOCA.

The chargesheet alleged Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees by running the flesh trade for over a decade.

PTI