The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Navi Mumbai-based builder Jawahar Chelaram Bijlani alias Suresh who is the absconding accused in the sensational broad daylight killing of developer Sunil Lahoria. Bijlani and his brother Mahesh are both wanted for their alleged involvement in Lahoria’s murder that took place on February 16 in Navi Mumbai.
|On the run: Absconding accused Suresh Bijlani is wanted for his role in Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Lahoria’s murder case. File pic|
The counsel — some of the topmost lawyers from the city — representing Bijlani had filed two separate pleas in the apex court; a special leave petition and criminal miscellaneous petition. A division bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Dipak Misra, however, rejected both the pleas.
“Now we will wait for the chargesheet. Once the police file it, we will again file an anticipatory bail application,” said Bijlani’s Mumbai-based lawyer.
Earlier, on April 29, Bijlani’s lawyer had withdrawn his client’s anticipatory bail application in the Supreme Court. The Thane session Court and Bombay High Court had also earlier rejected his plea.
On February 16, Lahoria was shot dead outside his sector 28 office in Vashi. The police have arrested nine persons, including shooters Venkatesh Shettiar, Wajid Qureshi, former encounter specialist Emmanuel Amolik, Bachchewar, Bhupesh Gupta, Francis Chawri, Altaf Aftab Khan and Mohammed Nasir Ansari alias Bhaijan for their roles in the case. Police are on the look out for Suresh Bijlani, his brother Mahesh Bijlani, Anurag Garg, Surya Parakash Agrawal and Bandya Mama.
Lahoria’s son has also announced a cash reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone providing information on the whereabouts of said accused.