A Delhi court on Saturday fixed July 8 for hearing the bail plea of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi in a case against him under the stringent MCOCA for allegedly running a flesh trade racket in New Delhi.
"Fix the matter for hearing on the bail application and the reply of the prosecution on July eight," Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said.
Earlier, Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale had filed the bail application on the statutory ground, saying "he deserves to be released on bail as the police failed to file the chargesheet within the stipulated 90 days period prescribed under the CrPC and the MCOCA."
The public prosecutor, meanwhile, filed an application seeking extension of time for concluding the investigation in the case.
Defence counsel M S Khan, however, opposed prosecution plea on the ground that "the police was seeking extension of time four days after the lapse of statutory period which could not be allowed."
Meanwhile, police also filed a reply opposing bail plea of the accused.
Police has already filed a chargesheet against Dwivedi and seven others, including six alleged call girls in a case lodged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
The court on Friday had posted the matter for framing of charges against Dwivedi and others on July 16.
Police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete the probe in the case lodged under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.
The case under MCOCA was lodged against Dwivedi only after it came to light that he was allegedly running an organised flesh trade syndicate in New Delhi.
Except Dwivedi, all other accused are out on bail.
Police, in the chargesheet, alleged Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees through the flesh trade racket.
Dwivedi was running the sex racket for the last 10 to 12 years and has acquired properties and wealth running into crores of rupees, the chargesheet said.
During custodial interrogation, police, at the instance of the accused, have recovered various documents relating to properties, investments and bank details, it said.
It also alleged that Rs 1.55 lakh in cash, some gold ornaments and VCDs were recovered from the car of Dwivedi at the time of the raid on his premises on February 26.