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Jail custody for ex-MP’s kin

The son-in-law of former CPM MP Sarla Maheshwari was produced in court the day after he was sent to police custody for three days against an appeal for five, sleuths saying they no longer needed him in their remand.

Amitabha Kejriwal, who was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of forging a land deed, was on Thursday remanded in judicial custody till March 31.

When Kejriwal, the director of Canopy Infrastructure Developers Private Limited, was produced in Barrackpore court on Wednesday, the lawyer representing the police sought five days’ police custody for the accused, saying the sleuths needed to tie several loose ends and collect some key documents related to the case.

The day after, the cops claimed that they had collected the documents and there was nothing else they needed to know from the accused.

Public prosecutor S.K. Jana said there was no need to keep his client in police custody any longer.

Defence lawyer Sudipta Moitra said: “We told the court that Kejriwal had purchased the plot after going through the documents presented to him. He had no idea that the documents were forged and so he went to take possession of the plot.”

Kejriwal was arrested following a complaint from a Salt Lake-based firm that he had, on the basis of a forged document, tried to take possession of a plot it had bought.

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