Delhi police on Saturday arrested a key aide of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi under stringent MCOCA for running a sex racket in New Delhi and sought his custodial interrogation from a court to unravel his complicity in the case.
Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria allowed the police to quiz Praveen in custody for two days as the investigators told the court that he, along with Dwivedi who is already in custody, was involved in the case.
Besides Dwivedi, alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale, Praveen is the second accused who was arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act.
"Accused Praveen was actively involved with Dwivedi in the organised flesh trade racket here and his custodial interrogation was required to unravel the case," the police said.
A magisterial court had yesterday framed charges against the godman and six others, including five alleged call girls, in another case relating to allegedly running a sex racket.
The case was lodged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
Following a tip off, six alleged call girls were arrested by the police in February this year from a locality in South Delhi. Dwivedi and Praveen were nabbed subsequently.
Except Dwivedi, who is also booked in the MCOCA case, other seven accused are out on bail.
Police, which had earlier filed a chargesheet under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete probe in the case lodged under the MCOCA.
The chargesheet alleged Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees by running the flesh trade for over a decade.
During custodial interrogation of the self-styled godman, the police, at the instance of the accused, have recovered documents relating to properties, investments and bank details, it said.
The chargesheet also alleged Rs 1.55 lakh in cash, gold ornaments and VCDs were recovered from the car of Dwivedi at the time of the raid on his premises on February 26.