“They can’t rely on social media to arrest me,” Vikas Pahwa argues for Navneet Kalra as Delhi Court reserves order in anticipatory bail plea

A Delhi Court today reserved its order in the anticipatory bail plea filed by businessman Navneet Kalra, who is apprehending arrest in the oxygen concentrator hoarding case.
Additional Sessions Judge at the Saket Courts Sandeep Garg adjourned the matter till 10 AM tomorrow, when the order will be pronounced.
Appearing for Kalra, Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa argued that there was no complainant in the case, and that there was a “campaign” against his client. He added that days before the FIR was registered, Kalra had made a complaint to the police that he was being framed.
Pahwa said that the oxygen concentrators recovered from Kalra’s Khan Chacha restaurant were authenticated and properly imported.
On the allegations that the concentrators were being sold at an exorbitant price, Pahwa said that the government had not fixed a ceiling price for the machines.
“We could not find even a single notification fixing the price of oxygen concentrator.”
He further stated that there is no specific order declaring oxygen concentrators or masks as essential commodities.
Pahwa went on to ask whether arrest was imperative in the case, at a time when the High Powered Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court was recommending decongestion of prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, Additional Sessions Judge at the Saket Courts Sumit Dass refused to grant interim protection from coercive action to Kalra in the case. He then moved the court for anticipatory bail.
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.
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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