Delhi’s ex-legislator Shokeen denied anticipatory bail

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) A court here has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Delhi legislator Rambeer Shokeen, who is on the run after being accused of running a crime syndicate with alleged gangster Neeraj Bawana.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit dismissed Shokeen’s anticipatory bail plea, observing that he was harbouring other co-accused in the case and played an active role in the syndicate run by Bawana.

Shokeen was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on August 26, 2015.

Police, while opposing his bail plea, told the court that Shokeen was the political face of a crime syndicate involved in extortion and murder.

Shokeen’s defence counsel, however, told the court that there was no admissible evidence against his client in the charge sheet.

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The court heard the case on Wednesday, but the order was made available to the media on Thursday.

Police charge-sheeted Shokeen, Bawana and eight others under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in September 2015.

The court currently is hearing arguments on framing of charges.

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