Delhi Police today denied in a court in Delhi the allegations of Umesh Goenka that it forced him to name Raj Kundra, a co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, as being involved in betting on T20 matches.
The Special Cell Joint Commissioner in his reply filed before Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, said the allegations levelled by Goenka in his plea are "prima facie" false. But he said they require further "corroboration" and sought time to submit a comprehensive reply.
The court has fixed the matter for July 2 for further arguments on the application.
"Prima facie, the allegations levelled in the 'Retraction Petition' from paras 'a' to 's' (except para 'm') are false and hence are denied," M M Oberoi, Special Cell Joint Commissioner said in his interim reply.
The court on June 12 had directed him to file the reply, after Goenka approached court alleging that he had named his friend Kundra in betting on instructions from Delhi Police personnel who had "traumatised" and "physically abused" him in illegal custody for five days.
Oberoi, however, filed an interim reply saying the allegation made by Goenka questions judicial proceedings, therefore, he needs some time to submit his detailed reply after obtaining it from the court.
"... allegations made bear reflection upon the judicial process whereby the statement under section 164 CrPC of the petitioner (Goenka) was recorded by the Magistrate."
"In order to submit a comprehensive reply, a request is being placed to obtain the certified copy of entire judicial process whereby this statement was recorded and as such, at this stage, this submission may be treated as interim reply only," he said.