Aniksha Jaisinghani files for bail after court remands her in judicial custody
MUMBAI: Soon after she was remanded in judicial custody on Friday, Aniksha Jaisinghani, daughter of bookie Anil Jaisinghani, who has been arrested for allegedly trying to bribe and blackmail deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis, applied for bail
MUMBAI: Soon after she was remanded in judicial custody on Friday, Aniksha Jaisinghani, daughter of bookie Anil Jaisinghani, who has been arrested for allegedly trying to bribe and blackmail deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis, applied for bail.
The special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court has posted the bail hearing on Monday after directing the Malabar Hill police to reply to the plea.
Aniksha was on Friday produced before the special judge DD Almale, when newly appointed special public prosecutor for the case, Ajay Misar, sought extension of her police custody by three more days.
Misar contended that they had called a witness whom the 25-year-old Aniksha had asked to record videos while she was filling cash in a bag. The special prosecutor said the witness had informed them that Aniksha had asked her to introduce herself as her cousin. He said the witness had come from Kolhapur and they needed to confront the arrested woman with her.
Besides, Misar said, the police are yet to find the bag in which the money was allegedly being kept for which her custody was required.
Defence lawyer Manan Sanghai opposed the plea claiming that the prosecution had not made out a case for extension of her police custody.
The court, after hearing both sides, rejected the investigator’s plea and remanded the accused in 14-day judicial custody, saying that the grounds put forth by the police for extension of remand were not “just and proper.” “Taking into account the nature of offence, I am of the opinion that further investigation is possible without the police custody of the accused,” the court added.
Soon after the court remanded her in judicial custody, Sanghai moved bail plea for the 25-year-old law student, saying the FIR against her was totally based on “concocted and fictitious facts” to falsely implicate her.
In the bail plea, she also contended that her arrest was in violation of the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and the investigating officer failed to give reasons for her arrest and particulars of her non-cooperation as alleged by the prosecution.
It has also been claimed that the sessions court orders remanding her to police custody twice were passed in a mechanical manner, sans application of mind and in violation of principles of natural justice.
Aniksha was arrested on March 16 from the family’s Ulhasnagar residence.