The special Anti-Corruption Bureau court on Thursday remanded engineer Shailesh Mahimtura, a senior member of the High Rise Building Committee arrested for graft, to the ACB’s custody until Monday.
Mahimtura had allegedly accepted a bribe from a builder to issue a no-objection certificate.
“The court said it is pre-mature to decide whether he can be booked under Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA) and remanded him to ACB custody until Monday,” said public prosecutor R.V. Kini.
Mahimtura’s lawyer Amit Desai on Wednesday had argued that he (Mahimtura) cannot be booked under the POCA because he is not a public servant.
Desai had also told the court that he was on a committee which would only make recommendations to the civic commissioner.
Kini argued in the court that Mahimtura, who is booked under Section 7 of POCA (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act), could also be booked under Section 8 of POCA (taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant).