Paytm data theft and extortion case has got another twist as Sonia Dhawan’s lawyer has withdrawn her bail application following the chargesheet filed by the Noida police.
Dhawan’s hearing for bail was scheduled for today (December 11) but it didn’t happen as Satish Kumar, the legal representative of Dhawan and her husband withdrew the application.
After 45 days of the arrest of all four accused (Dhawan, Rupak Jain, Rohit Chomwal and Devendra Kumar) in the high profile extortion case, Noida police had completed its investigation and submitted the chargesheet in Surajpur District Court.
The immediate reason for pulling back of bail application couldn’t be ascertained as the charges imposed on accused in chargesheet were similar to FIR lodged on October 22. However, Dhawan’s lawyer told Moneycontrol that a fresh application will be filed on new grounds.
All four accused are charged under IPC 381, 384, 386, 420, 120B and IT act 66 in the FIR and the same has been mentioned in the chargesheet.
Amidst the topsy-turvy investigation, the fourth accused Chomal’s statement to the police had left everyone perplexed as he claimed himself to be a whistleblower in the case.
Interestingly, Chomwal also got protection from arrest from the Allahabad High Court claiming that there is no proper evidence against him.
Meanwhile, Kumar has filed a fresh bail application for Jain in the Allahabad High Court. Jain’s first bail plea was rejected as his crime was termed as serious in nature by the district court.
While Jain hearing for bail is expected in the first week of January, the uncertainty over Dhawan’s bail still continues.
Of late, Noida police had informed the court that the extortion plan was hatched in a Delhi hotel and all four persons accused in the case have been in coordination since the beginning.