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Bhardwaj murder: Plea for further police custody of accused rejected

A city court on Friday sent slain BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj’s younger son Nitesh,and his lawyer Baljeet Sehrawat,accused of conspiring to murder Deepak Bhardwaj,to judicial custody after refusing a police plea for further custodial remand.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 1:51:55 am

A city court on Friday sent slain BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj’s younger son Nitesh,and his lawyer Baljeet Sehrawat,accused of conspiring to murder Deepak Bhardwaj,to judicial custody after refusing a police plea for further custodial remand.

The two were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary on Friday on expiry of their police custody. Delhi Police had requested the court to extend the custody by four days.

The magistrate,however,refused to grant further custody,observing that the investigating officer had not even been able to procure the “data for which he wishes to confront the accused”.

The two men have been in police custody for the last nine days following their arrest.

The investigating officer on Friday told the court that custody of the two accused was required to investigate further into the motive behind the murder,and that the police were looking into the communication by the two via mobile-based internet applications.

However,Nitesh’s advocate Sameer Jha told the court that the police did not need custody of the accused to get the relevant data. “They can get the information from the mobile service providers,what is the need for police custody?” Jha said.

Sehrawat’s lawyers also made a similar plea to oppose further remand,arguing that police had asked for custody earlier on the same grounds and were unable to show any reason for further custody.

The court accepted the plea by the defence counsels and dismissed the police application for custody.

“This court is of the concerned view that the present police custody remand application moved by the investigating officer is on similar lines moved by him earlier for proving motive behind the crime. In the present matter,the accused persons have already been in police custody for a period of nine days and have already been questioned,” the court observed.

The duo will now remain in judicial custody till May 2.

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