No Interim Protection From Arrest To Kalra Till May 18 in Oxygen Black Marketing Case

The Delhi High Court Friday declined to allow bail to Navneet Kalra, regarding claimed black marketing of oxygen concentrators, concurring with the reasons given by the preliminary court while denying him the alleviation.

A meetings court had on Thursday excused Kalra’s expectant bail application, saying the charges against him were not kidding and his custodial cross examination was needed to “uncover the whole conspiracy.

Kalra’s attorneys Abhishek M Singhvi and Vikas Pahwa – encouraged the court to give some between time security if the matter would have been suspended till May 18 on the solicitation of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S.V. Raju.

During raid, 524 oxygen concentrators were recovered from three cafés owned by Kalra – Khan Chacha, Nega Ju and Town Hall – and he is suspected to have left Delhi alongside his family. The concentrators are essential clinical gear utilized for COVID-19 patients.

Kalra had purchased the concentrators from Matrix Cellular which had imported them.

On May 5, a body of evidence was enrolled against Kalra under Section 420 (cheating), 188 (noncompliance to arrange appropriately declared by community worker), 120-B (criminal connivance) and 34 (normal expectation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The FIR, additionally enlisted under Essential Commodities Act and Epidemic Diseases Act, for black marketing of oxygen cylinders prescribes maximum punishment for seven years.

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