In a big goof-up by the police, gangster Babloo Srivastava was — twice — brought to Mumbai and produced before the special TADA court in connection with a 1994 kidnapping case, but then sent back to Bareilly jail in Uttar Pradesh both times.
This is because the DN Nagar police did not file a remand application in court stating why they needed the custody of the gangster in the kidnapping case of builder Vish-wanath Mittal.
Srivastava was last produced in court on February 1 and sent back to Bareilly jail for the same reason — the police did not tell the court why they wanted his custody.
A source had earlier said that the goof-up happened because the earlier investigating officer in the case had retired and the current officer did not know much about the case.
The DN Nagar police had earlier told Hindustan Times that the remand was not taken at all as they did not have proper case papers.
“No remand application was filed even this time; hence I think that they don’t have a case against Srivastava,” said the gangster’s lawyer Vishwabandu Jaiswal. “Now he would be brought to court when the police requests the court.”
Senior Inspector of the DN Nagar police A.S. Thakur, however, refuted Jaiswal’s claims. “We did not file the remand application this time as we have still not got the case papers.”
Mittal was kidnapped near Express Towers in 1994 and six men, including Srivastava, were named as accused.
While one of them, Sanjay Khanna, was declared absconding, another died before the case started. Three others were acquitted.
Srivastava was extradited from Singapore in 1995.