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Bullibai app case: Mumbai court sends accused Shweta Singh, Mayank Rawat to judicial custody

India Today logo India Today 14-01-2022 Divyesh Singh
Mumbai police Mumbai police

A court in Mumbai on Friday remanded Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat to judicial custody. Both Singh and Rawat were arrested in Uttarakhand in connection with the case pertaining to the 'Bulli Bai' app, which targeted Muslim women by putting up their images online for 'auction'.

On Friday, Rawat tested Covid-19 positive during his medical test. The cyber crime officials informed the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate that his custody was not further required.

Meanwhile, officials informed the court that following the arrest of another accused, Vishal Kumar, the mastermind in the case, Niraj Bishnoi, had informed Singh and Rawat and they had deleted their social media accounts. The officials sought extension of police custody of Singh.

However, Singh's lawyer Chitaranjan Das argued in court that Singh had been in custody for eight days and there was no need for the extension of police custody.

Advocate Das also informed the court that Singh was slapped in the custody of the cyber crime officials. The court asked Singh if she was suffering any pain but observed that there were no external injuries.

The court has directed the DCP Cyber Crime to conduct inquiry into the alleged ill treatment of Singh in custody and proceed as per law.

Meanwhile, Rawat's advocate sought bail for his client. He said, "The court has asked police officials to submit their say on the application and the application will be heard on Monday."

Earlier on January 10, the court had extended the police custody of Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawal till January 14.

Besides, the court remanded another accused, Vishal Kumar Jha, who was the first to be arrested in the case from Bengaluru, to judicial custody till January 24 as he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Singh and Rawal were arrested by the Mumbai police's cyber cell from Uttarakhand on January 5, while Jha was arrested from Bengaluru on January 4.

The police had earlier claimed that Singh was the prime accused, who had created a Twitter handle of the app.

The Delhi police's special cell, which has also registered an FIR in the case, on January 6 arrested one Niraj Bishnoi from Assam. According to the police, Bishnoi was the main creator of the app.

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