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Rape case: HC seeks Daati Maharaj's reply on CBI plea to cancel anticipatory bail

Rape case: HC seeks Daati Maharajs reply on CBI plea to cancel anticipatory bail
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked self-styled preacher Daati Maharaj to respond to CBI's plea seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to him in a rape case.

Justice Chander Shekhar also asked three other accused in the case to file their replies to the agency's petition. The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 26.

It had earlier asked the CBI to explain why it was seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Daati and about the steps taken by it to take him into custody, as the matter was transferred to the agency in October, 2018.

The high court was hearing the CBI plea seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Daati and three others by a trial court here in January this year.

CBI said it was challenging the absolute protection given to the accused from being arrested as he would not cooperate in the investigation.

A division bench of the high court had earlier transferred the probe into the rape case to CBI. Daati had filed a petition seeking review of the court decision transferring the rape probe to CBI. The court had dismissed the plea on November 14, 2018.

The court had said the investigation was handed over to the CBI "after going through the charge sheet in detail" and after considering the plea moved by the "victim herself".

In October last year, the high court said the manner in which the probe was carried out by police "casts a shadow on the investigation" as it did not arrest the accused in the case even after recording the complainant's statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal

Procedure Code.

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