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Bail plea hearing deferred

Jamshedpur, Dec. 21: The anticipatory bail application of Prabhat Sharma, an accused in the Charudatta Deshpande suicide case that is being heard by the Mumbai sessions court, was adjourned today as the judge was on leave.

The next date of hearing is January 2.

On December 11, the same court of R.M. Joshi had asked Sharma, former head of corporate affairs and communications of Tata Steel, to be present for the hearing today while rejecting his appeal for personal exemption. Sharma, who had skipped two court appearances before, abided by the order and turned up today.

Sharma’s counsel Aabad Ponda, a prominent criminal lawyer, said: “Sharma was present at court, but the hearing could not take place. The anticipatory bail petition of my client stands.”

“I did not go to the court as information that the judge would not be attending court had reached me in the morning,” investigating officer-cum- DSP (Vasai division) Prashant Deshpande told The Telegraph over phone.

Charudatta, former chief of corporate affairs and communications of Tata Steel, committed suicide at his Vasai home on June 28 over a month after he quit the company. Former editor of Forbes India Indrajit Gupta lodged a complaint with Thane police on November 18, accusing Sharma of abetting the suicide.