Hearing the bail petition of noted religious figure Pilot Baba, the high court has set the application for hearing on April 12. By then, the investigating officer has been directed to submit the FIR progress report in court. The bail petition was taken up for hearing by the single bench of justice Ravindra Maithani.
It will be recalled that Haldwani resident Harish Pal had lodged a police report at Jyolikot police station in November 2008 stating that Pilot Baba and others had started the Ikawa international education centre, to secure a franchise of which a sum of Rs 50,500 was paid. However, neither was the franchise awarded nor was the money returned to Pal. Earlier, on April 4, the court of Nainital district and sessions judge had rejected the Baba’s bail plea and had sent him to judicial custody on charges of fraud. After this, he filed a bail petition in the high court. He has stated that he was out of India from December 6, 2006 to January 4, 2007. A person called Himanshu Rai had purchased a form on December 19, 2006 for registration of a society. Later in the same year, the Baba’s signature was forged on the form to get the society registered on December 22, 2006. When he came to know about this in 2010, he complained about it to the registrar of funds, societies and chits. The registrar had on September 24, 2010 directed the Mukhani SHO to file a case against Rai but this action was not taken by the police officer, the bail applicant has stated.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | PNS | Nainital
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