The Mumbai civil and sessions court on Wednesday refused to grant interim relief to Congress leader Kripashankar Singh in a case against him and his son Narendra for possessing bullets beyond the permissible limit under the Arms Act. The court has asked Singh to appear before the court on Thursday.
Singh had moved an anticipatory bail application before the sessions court on Tuesday, after the crime branch filed a 400-page charge sheet in the case. When the application came up for hearing on Wednesday, his lawyer sought exemption from appearance and asked for interim protection from arrest.
Objecting to the application, public prosecutor Sumesh Panjwani said as the charge sheet has been filed, they will have to approach the magistrate court.
Sessions judge AMA Khan asked Singh’s lawyers to ensure both the accused remain present before the court on Thursday.
While attaching Singh’s properties at his flat in Bandra in March 2012 based on an HC order, a special investigation team (SIT) had stumbled upon 400 ‘live’ bullets. After going through the licences issued to the leader and his family, the SIT concluded that Singh, held 110 bullets more than the set limit.