Three accused in human smuggling racket denied bail


New Delhi : A Delhi court Wednesday dismissed bail pleas of three people held for their alleged roles in the human smuggling racket involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara.

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Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau dismissed their bail applications holding that police were yet to complete their probe into the case.

"Enlarging the accused persons at this juncture on bail can hamper the ongoing investigation," said the court.

The three denied bail are Connaught Place-based betel shop owner Sunderlal Yadav, a tenant of Bahujan Samaj Party MP Mitrasen Yadav, travel agent Santu Mashi and trainer Kiran Dhar who used to educate women how to behave with the MPs while flying abroad posing as their wives or relatives.

The move spells bad news for Katara, whose bail plea is also pending that will be decided June 8.

Katara, along with his private aide Rajender Gampa and the three accused whose bail pleas were dismissed Wednesday, is currently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

Rashid Ali, a Hyderabad-based travel agent who is allegedly the kingpin of the racket, was held in Andhra Pradesh and brought here last Friday. He is currently in the custody of Delhi Police, facing interrogation.

The court had earlier granted bail to Paramjeet Kaur and a teenaged boy, who had been arrested along with the MP at the international airport here April 18 while taking an Air India flight to Toronto. The two were to travel on the diplomatic passports of the MP's wife and son.