A court here on Saturday declined to hear the bail plea of a police constable, accused of illegally retrieving call detail records of BJP leader Arun Jaitley, saying the case did not fall in its jurisdiction anymore.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Vidya Prakash refused to entertain constable Arvind Dabas’ bail plea relying upon the order of the Delhi High Court dividing the National Capital into 11 metropolitan zones with each zone having a separate CMM.

The issue came up after the CMM sought to know from the Delhi Police Special Cell whether he had jurisdiction to hear the matter.

The prosecution said the proceedings have to be kept in abeyance till the issue of jurisdiction is clarified. The officers of Special Cell said neither the office of the telecom company, nor its own office, nor that of the ACP — whose computer was allegedly hacked — fell under the Central district.

The prosecution, however, submitted that since the FIR was filed before this court, the case had to be retained there, but the court did not agree with this suggestion.

Counsel for Dabas argued that since the bail plea was filed before March 1, the CMM should transfer the matter to the court of the correct jurisdiction.

While disposing of the application, the court said that the accused would be at liberty to approach the appropriate forum in accordance with law.

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