Court to hear bail plea of Sahil Zaroo on June 27
Sahil was quizzed by Marine Drive police in the Shahtoosh theft case in the last two days.india Updated: Jun 25, 2006 10:59 IST
A local court will hear the bail plea of Sahil Zaroo, booked in a case of theft of Shahtoosh shawls banned under Wildlife Act, on June 27.
Sahil, who recently secured bail in a narcotics case along with late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul in Delhi, was quizzed by Marine Drive police in the Shahtoosh theft case in the last two days, police sources said.
On last occasion, the magistrate had remanded the accused to police custody till June 27 while allowing police to interrogate him. His bail plea was also adjourned to same day.
Police registered a case against Sahil and two others after he reportedly fled with Shahtoosh shawls from his father's shop at a five-star hotel in south Mumbai during a raid in March this year. He has denied the charge saying he was not present in the shop when the raid was conducted.
Sahil is charged with section 353 IPC (obstructing public servants from performing duty) and section 380 IPC (theft). While the first offence is bailable, theft is non-bailable.
Sahil's anticipatory bail was rejected in April while his uncle and an employee of the shop, Rafiq Ghulam Mohammed and Ilyas Aziz Khan, were released on bail by a court earlier.
Seeking Sahil's remand last week, prosecutor told the court that police wanted custodial interrogation of the accused to find out where he had kept the Shahtoosh shawls and also from where they were purchased and how were they sold.
Sahil's lawyer, Majeed Memon, sought bail on the ground of parity, saying two co-accused had already got liberty. He said Sahil had been wrongly booked on theft charges as he could not have stolen from his own shop.