SC dismisses Bijlani's immunity
Supreme Court overturns an Indore bench order granting 60 days of immunity to the prime accused in the killing of the Navi Mumbai builder
The relief was short-lived for Suresh Bijlani. The key accused in the murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Kumar Loharia had managed to secure immunity for two months from an Indore court earlier this month. But after the victim’s son appealed, the Supreme Court yesterday annulled the order.
Bijlani was able to get anticipatory bail from the Indore bench despite a similar plea being rejected by the apex court on May 13. The Mumbai Crime Branch has also named the prime accused as an absconder, as Bijlani has been on the run since the case was transferred to the investigation agency three months ago.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Sunny Loharia, the deceased’s son, said, “It is surprising that the bail plea was admitted by the Indore court, despite Supreme Court throwing out a corresponding entreaty. So, I again appealed the apex court, and even the judges were shocked to learn about the situation.”
He added, “In the Indore court, Bijlani said that he was a resident of the city, while in the Supreme Court he claimed he was currently residing in Mumbai. So, he has tried to hoodwink the judges, by providing misleading information.”
A Crime Branch officer, who did not wish to be named, said, “Sunny immediately approached the Supreme Court after the Indore bench gave 60 days’ immunity to Bijlani. The accused is the prime suspect in the case and failed to present himself before the court yesterday. If he were there, he would have been arrested from the Supreme Court premises.”
According to the officer the accused managed to get bail from the Indore court on the grounds that he was a resident of the city, and his father was suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment for which his presence was very crucial.
“How the Indore court managed to give Bijlani anticipatory bail without an investigating officer of the murder case being present there is perplexing. It’s also shocking that the bench passed such an order, despite the request having been rejected by the Supreme Court,” the officer added.