Bhopal: A local court on Tuesday extended until January 17 the judicial custody of incarcerated underworld don Abu Salem's girlfriend Monica Bedi who stands accused in a fake passports case.
Judicial Magistrate Dinesh Kumar Dangi handed down the ruling.
On December 19, Special Judge R P Verma had heard arguments by both prosecution and defence.
Ms Bedi was represented by Advocate Sudhir Batra who submitted, ``The accused left India in December 2000 and therefore there is no question of either a fake passport being made in her name here in 2001 or her visit to this city in that connection. In her statement, Ms Bedi had said that she never visited Bhopal earlier.''
Arguing against bail, Public Prosecutor P N Singh Rajput pointed out that the accused was arrested with Interpol assistance and the Salem-Bedi duo were brought to India after considerable effort.
On December 6, Ms Bedi was interrogated for the second consecutive day by the city police's crime branch.
Mr Dangi remanded her to two days' police custody on December 5. Late on December 4, Ms Bedi was brought here by a Hyderabad police team.
Ms Bedi was incarcerated at the Mahila Police Station. Owing to security reasons, she could not be brought to the courtroom on December 5 and Mr Dangi conducted a hearing in the police station.
In November 2001, a case was registered by the city police crime branch in the Koh-i-Fiza Police Station against Salem, his wife Samira Jumani and Ms Bedi for having fake passports made at the regional passport office using the fictitious names Danish Baig, Rubina Baig and Fauzia Osman respectively.
Salem's local associates Saiyyad Abdul alias Shiraz Abdul and his brother Kabir alias Baba Abu are out on bail.
Salem and Ms Bedi were brought to India from Portugal on November 11. Ms Bedi was to be presented in the local court on November 26 but that did not materialise owing to security reasons and lack of train reservation. -- UNI