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Ex-Bigg Boss contestant denied anticipatory bail

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former 'Bigg Boss' contestant Swami Om, who along with his associate is accused of molesting and threatening a woman, saying the allegations against him were grave and he could hamper the investigation.

Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal declined the relief to Swami Om, saying he could intimidate witnesses and that no ground for anticipatory bail was made out at this stage.

"Considering the grave and serious allegations against the accused and considering his past involvement and the fact that there are chances of intimidation of the witnesses as well as hampering of investigation by him, no ground for anticipatory bail is made out at this stage. The application is dismissed," the said.

It noted Swami Om was involved in four other cases and that the anticipatory bail plea of co-accused Santosh Anand Swami has already been dismissed by the

The court passed the order on the anticipatory bail plea filed by Swami Om who has alleged that he has falsely been implicated in the case as he has been advocating Indian culture and that anti-social elements wanted to stop his "social activity".

Denying the allegations against him, the accused had said that on February 7 when the alleged incident took place, he spent his day in different offices of Police seeking security.

The court, however, rejected his plea of alibi saying that prima facie it does not appear to be plausible as the IO informed it that he had checked the visitor's register of the office of the DCP (Central district) and there was no entry of the accused on February 7, when the alleged incident took place.

Regarding the CCTV footage of the DCP office, the IO said it has been automatically deleted for that period and it is not possible to retrieve it, the court noted.

The call detail records of Swami Om's mobile phone also showed his location in the afternoon at Rajghat deport here, the place of alleged occurrence, it said.

The court said the victim has reiterated the contents of her complaint in her statement recorded before a magistrate where she named Swami Om along with others as those who abused her in filthy language, molested her and tried to drag her in a room with an intention to rape her.

Advocate A P Singh, who filed the plea, argued that there was no possibility of the accused tampering with evidence if granted anticipatory bail and he would not misuse his liberty.

As per the FIR lodged at IP Estate police station, the woman was allegedly wrongfully restrained by Swami Om, a former contestant in TV reality show 'Bigg Boss', and Anand when she was going home and they started abusing her and committed objectionable acts.

When the complainant requested them to leave her, they dragged her into their room and attempted to rape her, the FIR said. They also threatened that they would not spare her and that they had already ruined her husband's life, it said.

The woman had claimed in her complaint that Swami Om and Anand had ripped off her clothes on February 7. The woman alleged that they had attempted to humiliate her in full public view a few days earlier in Rajghat area here. No arrest has been made in the case.

The court had earlier denied anticipatory bail to Anand, saying the allegations against him were grave and the probe was at a nascent stage.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:22 IST