Delhi court dismisses godman’s transfer plea

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday dismissed a plea by ‘godman’ Shiv Murat Dwivedi, accused of running a prostitution ring here, that the case against him be transferred to the Crime Branch.

Filing a petition through counsel Joginder Tuli, Dwivedi said he had been falsely implicated and that the investigations should be headed by an officer of the rank of joint commissioner.

He also demanded that he should be released from police custody.

Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale, 39, was arrested Feb 26 along with seven others, including six women, from Saket in south Delhi.

Delhi Police Sunday invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against him.

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