| Meghalaya CID personnel outside C.M. Jha’s residence in Shillong onWednesday; (above) currency notes seized from Jha’s residence. Pictures by UB Photos
Shillong, June 4: The Meghalaya high court today granted bail to CMJ University chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha, who has been in custody since April 24.
Meghalaya CID, on the other hand, this afternoon handed over the residential building belonging to Jha’s wife. The building, located near the Crinoline swimming pool, was seized last year.
In the process of handing over, the officers recovered incriminating documents relating to the CMJ University and the CMJ Foundation, which is the sponsoring body of the university, along with more than Rs 11 lakh of Indian currency and US dollar notes.
Jha was arrested on April 22 from Godhanpur Chowk in Madhubani district of Bihar while he was reportedly canvassing for votes during the Lok Sabha polls. He was arrested in connection with the affairs of the private university.
On April 24, when Jha was brought to the state capital, the court of the chief judicial magistrate remanded him in police custody for 10 days.
S.G. Momin, Jha’s legal counsel, confirmed that the high court had given bail to Jha following a petition submitted to it.
“He (Jha) was arrested on April 22, and on April 24, was remanded in police custody for 10 days by the court of the chief judicial magistrate. However, on the seventh day of the custody, he suffered from dysentery, and was shifted to a hospital. The custody was supposed to end on May 3, but there were no further orders to extend the remand,” Momin said. She also said that Jha’s custody after it had expired after May 3 was “illegal” since no fresh orders were given to detain him.
On May 15, the court of the chief judicial magistrate had directed that Jha should be produced before it as and when discharged from the hospital.
As of today, Jha is undergoing treatment at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on the outskirts of the state capital.
Additional superintendent of police Spill Thamar, who is also the investigating officer of the CMJ University case, said the incriminating documents would aid the investigators in the filing the chargesheet against Jha.
While not disclosing the nature of the documents, he said that the chargesheet is being worked upon, and the same would be ready as soon as possible.
Moreover, Thamar said the owner of the building cannot dispose of the property, but can only be utilised for residential purposes. The four-storey building was handed over to Jha’s wife in the presence of lawyers and senior police officers.