Ex-Mumbai Police Chief Sanjay Pandey Seeks Bail
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey has asked a Delhi court to seek bail in a case of alleged wiretapping of NSE employees, saying the Enforcement Branch proceedings laws (ED) against him was the result of a political fallout.
The motion is scheduled to be heard on August 2 before Special Judge Sunena Sharma.
In his motion, Mr Pandey said he had investigated and prosecuted several high-profile and politically sensitive cases, and claimed that these proceedings were “a political fallout from the honest and sincere exercise of his duties as a senior officer. from police”.
“The present case is clearly politically motivated and it is also apparent from the fact that an offense allegedly committed between 2009 and 2017 is being investigated in 2022, i.e. 13 years after its purported start and five years after its purported close; and that too within a week of the plaintiff’s office show,” he said.
The application also indicated that a huge delay had been caused in the registration of the FIR, which raised serious doubts about the good faith of the investigation.
“It appears that the petitioner (Sanjay Pandey) is being arraigned in this case, through no fault of his own, and solely to fulfill a political vendetta,” he said.
The court issued an opinion to the ED on the request and requested its response on August 2.
Mr. Pandey was arrested by the investigative agency on July 19 in the case.
The ED arrested former NSE MD Chitra Ramakrishnan on July 14 after questioning her after getting permission from the court, where she was released from jail on an order issued by the judge earlier.
The judge had issued a production warrant against Ms Ramakrishnan on a plea offered by the ED. After she was produced, the ED obtained permission from the court to question her.
The agency later arrested Ms. Ramakrishnan for non-cooperation and brought her back to court and demanded a nine-day detention interrogation.
The court had, however, granted four days of police custody.
Ms Ramakrishnan was arrested by the CBI in a separate case and was in police custody.
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