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EOW officials incur court wrath for delay in hearing

Officials of the Economic Offences Wing were in for a tough day in court on Tuesday when they produced Deepak Kumar and Dinesh,his co-accused in a fresh case and put in requests for their interrogation and remand.

Officials of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) were in for a tough day in court on Tuesday when they produced Deepak Kumar and Dinesh,his co-accused in a fresh case and put in requests for their interrogation and remand.

By Tuesday,the EOW had lodged as many as three FIRs and Deepak was named accused in all of them. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Digvinay Singh pulled up the officials a number of times during the hearing over their failure to understand the differences in the separate cases and causing unnecessary delays in the hearing.

At 2.45 pm,as the EOW sleuths awaited the arrival of Dinesh for the hearing,the magistrate remarked: “I have been waiting since 2 pm. Why can’t you produce the accused (Deepak) in the first case (DDA scam)? All are different matters. Can’t you people understand this?”

Later,the EOW informed the court about the second FIR lodged against Deepak for forging PAN cards and sought time to interrogate Deepak in the case. The move invited the ACMM’s wrath yet again. “It is already 2.50 pm and you are demanding time to interrogate him. I can’t allow more than 40 minutes as you are already late,” he said.

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When the hearing resumed,the EOW sleuths produced Dinesh in the court and sought for his remand.

A furious ACMM Singh then said,“You want time to interrogate Deepak and the court to hear your arguments on his (Dinesh’s) remand as well. Why can’t you bring the accused to court on time?”

The court then allowed 10 minutes to interrogate Deepak but refused to hear the matter afterwards on the ground that a court was supposed to work only till 4 pm.

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The matter did not end there. When the EOW produced the duo before the Duty Magistrate Jinendra Jain,the counsel for Deepak said the investigating agency had not supplied him a copy of the third FIR pertaining to the bogus bank account,which was in violation of a Supreme Court mandate.

Seeking an explanation from the IO,the application then was forwarded to ACMM Singh,who will now take up the case on Wednesday when the police custody of Deepak gets over.

First published on: 21-01-2009 at 03:58:49 am
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