The Bulli Bai app accused moves to High Court for bail hearing, scheduled in Mumbai
Vishal Kumar Jha was the first detained in the Bulli Bai app case. It was used to ‘auction’ Muslim women.
He has applied for bail in a Mumbai court. On Monday, the court set a hearing Thursday to allow the prosecution to file a response.
Jha claimed in his plea that the main defendant in the case was someone else and that the other defendants, who were from various states, were unrelated to him. After being remanded in judicial custody, the plea was moved.
Jha was admitted to a Covid Center so the Mumbai Police told Metropolitan Magistrate KC Rajput that he had contracted Covid-19 and should be held in judicial custody. When Jha’s attorneys, Aarti Deshmukh and Shivam Singh Deshmukh, petitioned for bail, the prosecution objected, claiming that they would have to question him.
Jha stated that he has given the investigating agency his laptop, mobile phone, and SIM cards and that he is not in a position to tamper with any evidence. He stated that the prosecution had failed to present any tangible proof to back up the claims levelled against him.
In Bengaluru, Jha was nabbed for allegedly running one of the app’s promotional Twitter accounts.
In this case, the Mumbai Police detained Shweta Singh, 18, and Mayank Rawat, 20, both from Uttarakhand. The app’s founder, Neeraj Bishnoi, 21, was arrested a few days later last week.