Paving the way for start of trial against underworld don Babloo Srivastava and his aide Fazal-ur-Rehman, a Delhi court today framed charges under stringent MCOCA against them for running organized crime syndicate in New Delhi during 1983-1997.
“Prima facie sufficient materials have been found to frame charges against you (Babloo) and Fazal-ur-Rehman under Section 3 (part II) (punishment for running crime syndicate) of Maharashtra Control of Organiesd Crimes Act,” Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.
Babloo, who was extradited from Singapore in 1995, and Rehman denied their involvement in any crime syndicate and said “we plead not guilty and would like to face the trial.”
“I have been in jail for the last 15 years and I was not involved in any crime whatsoever,” Babloo, now lodged in central jail at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, said.
The court then fixed the matter for recording of prosecution evidence on October 26.
The duo have been accused of running organized crime syndicates in the national capital during 1983-1997. An FIR under MCOCA was lodged against them by the Delhi Police in 2006.
Earlier, D B Goswami, counsel for Babloo, submitted the charges under MCOCA cannot be framed as there was only one FIR lodged in Delhi against the gangster.