Bank official's surrender plea not maintainable: Cops

NEW DELHI
10 Jan 2017

Delhi Police today told a special court that a plea by a private bank official, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a demonetisation fraud, seeking to surrender in a related case was "not maintainable". The prosecutor submitted before Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry that 32-year-old Vineet Gupta, suspended branch manager in Axis Bank's Kashmere Gate branch here, was already in judicial custody in the case lodged by ED so the issue of surrendering in the Delhi Police case does not arises at this stage. "This application seeking to surrender before this court is not maintainable at this stage. No purpose would be served by bringing the accused in this court as neither the FIR is here nor the charge sheet has been filed yet," prosecutor Balbir Singh argued. The court after hearing the arguments fixed the matter for consideration and pronouncement of order on January 12. During the hearing, the counsel for Gupta contended that the nature of case lodged by the police was of alleged corruption and it should be proceeded with in a court having jurisdiction to try the Prevention of Corruption Act matters. Delhi Police investigating officer, an ACP, also filed a report before the court stating that the role of Gupta is to be investigated in the floating of various shell companies involved in the alleged offence. ED had lodged a criminal complaint against two bankers and others based on a Delhi Police FIR after three persons were intercepted with Rs 3.7 crore in old currency notes a few days ago in front of the bank's Kashmere Gate branch. Gupta in his plea submitted that the court should issue his production warrant for his appearance before it from jail, saying that he wanted to surrender in the cheating case lodged by Delhi Police to show his "bonafide". He claimed that he had not committed any offence and has nothing to do with the case lodged by Delhi Police which has also added provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against him as no case of cheating and criminal conspiracy was made out against him. "The accused is not a public servant within the purview of the Prevention of Corruption Act," the application said. It alleged that he has been made a "scapegoat" by the police for "felicitating the false proceedings of ED".(PTI)