Delhi Court refuses interim protection to Navneet Kalra in oxygen concentrator black marketing case

A Delhi court on Tuesday refused to grant interim protection from coercive action to businessman Navneet Kalra in the case filed in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators from his restaurants.
Additional Sessions Judge at the Saket Courts Sumit Dass has now ordered that Kalra’s anticipatory bail application be listed before the District & Sessions Judge tomorrow at 10 am.
Kalra had moved a Saket Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case.
It is, however, unclear as to which court would have the jurisdiction to hear the bail plea in view of the fact that the investigation has now been transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from Lodhi Colony Police station.
Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava told Special Judge Sumit Dass that matter should be heard by the Court which is dealing with matter which is being probed by Crime Branch. Prosecutor Shrivastava urged Court to decide on the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the bail application of Kalra.
Jurisdiction of Judge Dass was opposed by the prosecution.
Last week, police reportedly recovered oxygen concentrators from “Khan Chacha” and other restaurants owned by Navneet Kalra.
The police claimed that the imported concentrators were being sold in the black market amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Delhi Police has registered a case under various offences charging with cheating, disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant, criminal conspiracy and violating provisions of Essential Commodities Act, 1955 followed by seizing of oxygen Concentrators from restaurants in South Delhi.
The police busted oxygen concentrators black-marketing racket during a raid and recovered 105 concentrators from two upscale restaurants in the Khan Market area.
The two restaurants namely Khan Chacha and Town Hall are owned by Navneet Kalra, who is allegedly on run, while the manager and three staffers have been arrested so far.
Meanwhile, a lookout notice has been issued against the businessman today by the police. (ANI)
On Saturday, the police transferred the case to the Crime Branch. A lookout notice has also been reportedly issued against Kalra, who has been absconding since the seizure.

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