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Sessions court grants bail to senior police officer in graft case

As grounds to be released on bail, Mulla told the court that he was undergoing angioplasty.

| Mumbai | Updated: February 8, 2015 3:06:42 am

A sessions Court on Saturday granted bail to a senior police inspector of Mahim police station, who was nabbed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday for allegedly accepting a bribe to resolve a case in the complainant’s favour.

Explaining the case, the ACB told the court that the complainant in the case lived on rent in Mahim and had signed a five-year lease agreement with the landlord. The landlord, however, abruptly asked the complainant to vacate the house. Citing the agreement, the complainant lodged an FIR at the Mahim police station. The agency alleged that Senior Police Inspector Dastagir Mulla demanded Rs 10,000.

The agency also submitted that they had a voice recording as evidence against him and sought Mulla’s custody to extract fresh voice samples.

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Mulla, through his lawyer R S Pophalikar, argued in the court that since the investigation was complete, police custody would not be required.

“The recovery has been made and there is no need to retain him in custody merely for collection of voice samples,” Pophalikar argued.

As grounds to be released on bail, Mulla told the court that he was undergoing angioplasty and could not stay in judicial custody, and that since he is an inspector, he would not abscond.

While remanding Mulla in judicial custody and granting him bail, the court observed, “After going through the documents and submissions, I find that the accused can be released on bail and there seems no purpose to keep him in custody. It does not appear that he would abscond.” The court directed Mulla to mark his attendance every Wednesday, and let him off with a surety of Rs 15,000.

The ACB on Saturday  conducted a search at Mulla’s residence and found gold worth Rs 30,000, documents of two apartments in Nallasopara and Mira Road, three bank passbooks and a share certificate in a private firm.
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