HC rejects Jnaneswari sabotage co-conspirator's bail plea
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday
rejected the bail plea of Ram Mudi who is alleged to be a
co-conspirator in the Jnaneswari Express derailment case.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice JN Patel
and Justice AK Roy rejected the petition of Mudi who has been
in custody for over 200 days.
Mudi was charged under sections 302 (murder), 307
(attempt to murder) and 120B (conspiracy) by CBI whose
officers arrested him on September three last year.
Mudi's counsel submitted before the bench that his
name did not figure in the confessional statement of main
accused Bapi Mahto and that he was not present at the mishap
Opposing the bail prayer, CBI counsel Himangshu Dey
submitted that Mudi had been in constant touch with Mahto
before and after the derailment on the cell phone and the SIM
card had been recovered from a pit at his residence where he
had hidden the mobile set.
The court, however, directed another accused Hiralal
Mahto to move the trial court when his counsel Siladitya
Sanyal submitted that the accused was underage by three days
on the date of occurrence and as such he should be tried at
the juvenile court.
The Jnaneswari Express mishap took place on May 28
last year in which 149 people were killed.
The CBI is probing a sabotage angle that might have
led to the derailment of the Howrah-Mumbai express train as it
was hit by a goods train approaching from the opposite side.
Several persons have been arrested in connection with