Kundra’s stay in jail sans custody extension not illegal: Report

Principal Pune district and sessions judge Anant Badar,in his report to the Bombay High Court on Thursday,stated that even if the police failed to seek extension of Anushree Kundra’s custody from December 8,2010 to December 12,2010,it did not amount to illegal detention.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Published: July 27, 2012 3:32:21 am

Principal Pune district and sessions judge Anant Badar,in his report to the Bombay High Court on Thursday,stated that even if the police failed to seek extension of Anushree Kundra’s custody from December 8,2010 to December 12,2010,it did not amount to illegal detention.

Kundra was arrested after she surrendered on November 15,2011. After her police custody ended on November 25,she was remanded in judicial custody till December 8 when she was lodged in Yerawada central prison. On December 8,the police had failed to produce her before the court to get her judicial custody extended. She was,however,kept in the jail till December 12,after which her custody was further extended.

HC Justice Abhay Thipsay had asked the district judge on July 2 to hold an inquiry into Kundra’s allegation of illegal detention. The HC had directed Badar to record the statement of the prison authorities (Yerawada central jail) concerned to ascertain the basis on which the petitioner had been detained in custody till this period. The inquiry assumes importance considering that since Kundra was arrested in November last year,her anticipatory and regular bail pleas were rejected by the magistrate,Pune sessions and the High Court.

Kundra’s second bail application in the HC on grounds of illegal detention is pending. “While a part of the argument on the bail application was heard on Thursday,the rest will continue on August 3 when the court is likely to pass an order on her bail application,” said advocate Vaibhav Jathar,counsel for Kundra.

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