The DN Nagar police brought gangster Babloo Srivastava to the city and produced him before the special TADA court on Monday in connection with a kidnap case.
But Srivastava is back in Bareilly jail, about 1,500 km from Mumbai, all because of a goof-up by the police.
Sources in the TADA court said that though Srivastava was produced in court, the remand application did not mention any basis for their application.
“The remand application of the DN Nagar police only contained the chronological detailing of the case and said that the Crime Branch needs the custody of Srivastava to interrogate him further,” said a source in the TADA court.
Sources also said the goof-up happened because the then investigation officer in the case retired and the new officer did not know much about the case.
However, Senior Police Inspector A.S. Thakur said: “We did not take his remand at all as we did not have the proper case papers and therefore the case was adjourned.”
Srivastava’s lawyer Vishwabandu Jaiswal said he has been taken to Bareilly jail and would be brought back to the city and produced in the special court on February 16.
In 1994, builder Vishwanath Mittal was kidnapped near Express Towers. Six people, including Srivastava, were named as accused.
Srivastava was extradited from Singapore in 1995.