A Delhi court on Friday refused a plea to provide a separate van to businessman Abhishek Verma's Romanian wife Anca Maria Neascu, who is allegedly getting extortion threats from undertrial prisoners, to ferry her from Tihar Jail in connection with various cases.
Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Jain did not accept Anca's plea saying it was practically 'not feasible' to provide a separate jail van to every undertrial prisoner.
The court, however, directed the Tihar jail superintendent and the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of third battalion of the Delhi Armed Police, which is responsible for ferrying undertrial prisoners between courts and jails, to ensure safety and security of Anca.
"In view of the report, practically it is not feasible to provide a separate jail van to each and every undertrial prisoner. In my opinion, the safety and security of applicant Anca may be ensured by the officials of the third battalion," the judge said.
The court also directed the jail authorities that Anca should not to be transported in the van along with undertrial prisoners Rashmi Sharma, wife of Hari Kishan Sharma who is a key accused in the recent Rs 5.25 crore heist in New Delhi in Defence Colony, and Shivani as they had allegedly threatened her.
"As suggested by the defence counsel, it is directed that the Jail Superintendent as well as the DCP third battalion and staff will ensure that Anca is not transported to the court from jail or during hospital visit along with undertrial prisoners namely Rashmi Sharma and Shivani who allegedly threatened the accused...," the judge said.
Anca and Verma are at present lodged in jail under judicial custody after being arrested for their alleged roles in a corruption and money laundering case.
They are also accused in a forgery case as well as a case lodged under the Official Secrets Act against them.