New Delhi, March 1 (PTI): A former IAS officer once married to Tihar jail director-general Vimla Mehra was today granted bail in a case of cheating lodged by her.
K.S. Mehra has been accused of cheating and criminal breach of trust for allegedly duping Vimla out of more than Rs 3 lakh over the purchase of flats while they were married.
The couple separated many years ago.
Vimla is the second woman to head Tihar jail. The IPS officer was among a handful of officials who oversaw the execution of Afzal Guru last month.
Today, a metropolitan court granted Mehra — a former commissioner with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi — bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 along with a security of a similar amount.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Raj Kumar Tripathi, however, asked Mehra to be present in court on each day of hearing.
The next hearing is scheduled for May 4.
Manoj Gorkela, Vimla’s lawyer, alleged that Mehra had persuaded his client to contribute Rs 1.4 lakh towards the purchase of a flat at Patparganj in east Delhi on the assurance that she would be a co-owner.
“The documents related to the purchase are under my possession,” Vimla has said in her complaint.
“It is learnt that Mehra has converted the property from lease to freehold from the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) exclusively in his name by disassociating my name from joint ownership.”
The IPS officer had lodged the complaint with the economic offences wing of Delhi police on August 27 last year.
She alleged she had paid Mehra another Rs 2.3 lakh in 1997 to buy a flat in Noida, again on the promise that she would be made a co-owner.
Later, this apartment too was found to have been registered only in Mehra’s name, Vimla has alleged. Mehra has denied the allegations.