Monday, June 17, 2024

Saket Gokhale denied bail for second time

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale was again denied bail on Thursday by an Ahmedabad court in a case of alleged misuse of money collected through crowdfunding.

Additional Sessions Judge AB Bhojak noted in his order that there was a strong case against Gokhale and added that being a political worker he might “hamper and tamper with evidence” if released on bail at this stage, reported PTI.

Gokhale, a vocal critic of BJP governments, was previously denied bail in the case on January 5 by a magistrate court.

Gokhale has claimed that he is a victim of political vendetta and was being “unjustly arrested in one FIR after another” by the Gujarat Police.

The prosecution alleged that the Trinamool Congress spokesperson collected over Rs 70 lakh from more than 1,700 persons through a crowdfunding platform and used that money for personal use.

Gokhale has been charged under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 467 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code.

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