Anushree Kundra,39 arrested for allegedly burning alive fiancee of her former lover Juhi Prasad,26 has moved the Bombay High Court for bail. The Pune cantonment court had earlier denied bail to Kundra.
“We have applied for bail in the HC on January 30. Kundra’s detention from December 8 to 12 was illegal as the police had failed to seek extension of her magisterial custody,on the basis of which we have applied for bail. The illegal detention is violation of fundamental rights under Article 21 and 22 of the Constitution,” said advocate Vaibhav Jathar,counsel for Kundra. The arguments on the bail application will be heard on February 8.
Denying that Kundra was in illegal detention,the investigation officer had submitted to the court that he had applied for extension of her judicial custody on December 12,which was extended till December 26 and further extended till January 5. Judicial magistrate first class J A Kotnis of the Pune cantonment court,in her order rejecting bail plea on January 6,had said that if the accused had applied for bail during the alleged period of illegal detention,the situation could have been considered differently.
Kundra has been accused of murdering Prasad,a Delhi lawyer and a family friend of BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy,on October 13 at her fiance Nimesh Sinha’s rented flat at Wanowrie. Sinha,reportedly Kundra’s former lover who got engaged with the victim,survived with minor burns. The accused,allegedly angry after hearing about Sinha’s engagement to Prasad,had gone to his Pune residence,where she entered into a verbal argument with Prasad and Sinha. Police said she had set the couple on fire while they were asleep.