The Surat city police Saturday filed an application in the district court, requesting it to allow the police to deposit Rs 8.1 crore cash, the alleged bribe amount seized in a case involving Narayan Sai and his followers. Surat police filed the application in additional session judge P S Gadhvi court, requesting the court to allow them to deposit the cash Rs 8.1 crore recovered from the disciples of Sai in reverse bribe trap case. Much of the notes seized are in demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations. The court accepted the application and fixed the hearing on December 26.
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Assistant Commissioner of Police E-Division Bhakti Thakar said, “We have filed an application in the court and the hearing is on December 26. If the court passes the order in our favour, we will deposit the cash in the concerned police station bank account in a nationalised bank.”
After the arrest of Sai in a rape case by Surat police, documents of several property and financial investments to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees by Asaram and his son Sai were recovered by Surat police from a flat owned by one of Sai’s disciples in Ahmedabad. The documents are in the custody of Surat city crime branch.
Sai’s aides had hatched a plan to take out the documents from the crime branch custody and for that they contacted Surat crime branch police sub-inspector C M Kumbhani, who agreed to do it, replacing the original documents from the crime branch with magazines. Kumbhani told Sai’s aides that the deal amount would be Rs 13 crore which was accepted.
The Surat police came to know about this deal as the conversations between Sai’s aides and Kumbhani were tapped. A trap was laid at Chowk Bazaar area wherein Ketan Patel, a disciple of Sai, reached the fixed spot, along with cash worth Rs 8.1 core. Inspector S A Zaba collected the cash and booked Patel, Kumbhani and others in the case. Later, Sai was also charged by the Surat police in the case.