A Special Court in Ahmedabad has declared Devandra Odedara as absconding. Odedara is the brother-in-law of Shweta Jadeja, a woman PSI accused of accepting a bribe.
The court has permitted police to issue a proclamation in newspapers declaring the accused as absconding. It also directed that a copy of the proclamation declaring him as absconding must be placed at the residence and office of the accused – Devandra Odeara.
One copy also needs to be sent to the court.
The court had directed the accused Devandra Odedara to remain present before the court. An application was filed by Additional Police Commissioner SOG Crime Branch, Ahmedabad before the special court seeking that the accused be declared as absconding under section 82 of the CrPC Act.
Earlier Gujarat High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Devendra Oderdara, the brother in law of Shweta Jadeja.
The court while rejecting the bail said that the applicant is prima facie involved in a serious offence like corruption and has abetted the same by accepting a huge amount from an Angadia firm.
The court also observed that Odedara was not cooperating with the investigation and hence his custodial interrogation is required because the bribe money to be recovered is huge.
What is the Shweta Jadeja bribery case?
Shweta Jadeja a PSI is accused of asking for Rs35 lakh as a bribe from a complainant to not book him under the Prevention of Anti Social Activities Act (PASA). Odedara accepted the bribe on behalf of Jadeja.
The complaint against Shweta Jadeja said that an accountant of one Kenal Shah’s office had given Rs35 lakh cash to one Jayubha of CG Road in Ahmedabad. He allegedly handed over the cash to Jadeja’s brother-in-law who is absconding.
Shah, the managing director of GSP Crop Science Private Limited, is an accused in a rape case that was being investigated by Jadeja and she had allegedly sought the money to not charge him under the PASA Act.
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