Freedom imminent for Sobhraj
Freedom from jail appeared imminent for Charles Sobhraj, with a Delhi court allowing the public
prosecutor to withdraw the 1986 jail break case against the French
national and about a dozen others.
The other accused in the case included lawyer Sneh
Sengar, businessman Rajinder Sethia and some jail
officials. The order allowing the withdrawal of the case was passed by
Additional Sessions Judge Y S Jonwal.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Prem Kumar, meanwhile, deferred
till February 24 hearing in Sobhraj's contempt petition
against Deputy Commissioner of Police Pradeep Srivastava. The
petition had been filed immediately after the police restricted the
French national's movements when he was coming out of court on being
released on bail.
Judge Jonwal disposed of Sobhraj's application seeking permission
to go to France for six months, stating that this had become
In a five-page order, the judge dealt at length with rival
contentions. ''I am satisfied that the learned special public prosecutor has
move the present application after applying his mind and his
decision to move it is not a result of political pressure and was
based on relevant considerations mentioned in the application," he
The judge in his order further noticed that the revision
petition filed by some co-accused in the high court would not come
in the way of deciding the present application because ''there is
no stay order from the honourable high court and no prejudice will
be caused to the accused.''