Chitra Ramkrishna sent to 14-day judicial custody
Mpost bureauNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday sent to 14-day judicial custody former managing director and chief executive officer of National Stock Exchange (NSE) Chitra Ramkrishna in connection with the co-location scam case while turning down her request for certain facilities in jail, saying she cannot be treated differently. Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal ordered that Ramakrishna be physically produced before the court next on March 28 and rejected her counsel's request for home-cooked food in jail.
"I've also had it... It's good," the judge remarked.
The court also turned down the lawyer's plea to allow her to carry masks. "VIP prisoners want everything. Every prisoner is the same. She does not have to be treated differently because of what she has been," the judge said. The court allowed the request made by Ramakrishna's lawyer for spectacles, prayer book and medicines inside jail.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced the accused before the court upon the expiry of her 7-day custody and urged the court to remand her to judicial custody.
CBI counsel said the investigation in the case was ongoing and Ramkrishna was evasive and uncooperative as well as a highly influential person.
"Have you found if she is the mastermind or is there a puppet master," the court questioned.
The CBI counsel said that it was "premature to say" and stated that the accused has been confronted with various people.
Counsel for Ramakrishna said he was filing a bail application and the court questioned if it was too soon.
"Your anticipatory bail was dismissed a few days back. Is it not a bit early?" questioned the judge who added that the order on bail plea by another accused in the case — Anand Subramanian was listed for pronouncement on March 24.
The judge nonetheless said that filing bail application was a Constitutional right and it was up to the accused.
While opposing the bail application by former Group Operating Officer (GOO) Anand Subramanian, the CBI had said that he had impersonated as a Himalayan Yogi and influenced the decision making of Ramkrishna.
The CBI had arrested Ramkrishna on March 6, a day after her anticipatory bail application was dismissed by the court.