Gangster Chhota Rajan’s former henchman Prakash alias Bunty Pandey, facing trial in two extortion cases, was on Monday released on bail by a court which termed the probe by Delhi Police as “shabby” and “a sham”.
“The applicant (Pandey) is in judicial custody for more than eight months. I cannot allow his further incarceration,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said. He granted Pandey bail on a bond of R1 lakh and a surety of like amount.
Pandey had allegedly demanded R50 lakh from a Delhi-based businessman. He was deported from Vietnam to Mumbai on November 3, 2010 and then brought to the national capital in connection with the extortion case.
Pandey was allegedly associated with Chhota Rajan and later parted with him. He is also said to have made extortion calls to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.