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Navneet Kalra moves Delhi HC for anticipatory bail in oxygen concentrator black marketing case

Businessman Navneet Kalra has moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the oxygen concentrator black marketing case being probed by the Delhi Police (Navneet Kalra v. State).

Kalra approached the High Court after he was denied relief by the trial court earlier today.

The anticipatory bail will be heard by Justice Subramonium Prasad at 7 pm today.

Earlier today, Additional Sessions Judge at Saket Court had refused anticipatory bail to Navneet Kalra on the ground that his custodial investigation was required to be carried out by Delhi Police to unearth the entire conspiracy.

The trial court opined that there was prima facie incriminating evidence on record against Navneet Kalra to the effect that contrary to the brochure, the concentrators being sold by him were not manufactured with “German collaboration” and were manufactured in China instead.

Considering the lab reports, the trial court also added that the average output in terms of Oxygen purity of two samples was found to be 32.7 % & 38.2 % and with the laboratory room air, the Oxygen concentration was found to be merely 20.8 %.

As per the prosecution case, Navneet Kalra, along with other co-accused, “hatched a conspiracy” to wrongfully make money by “inducing” the public to buy his oxygen concentrators at an “exorbitant rate” amid a raging pandemic.

Delhi Police had opposed Kalra’a anticipatory bail on the ground that the investigation was at a very early stage and that Kalra’s custodial interrogation was imperative to further unearth his relationship with other parties.

It was argued that no anticipatory bail could be granted to “influential persons” who have the potential to tamper with evidence.

The prosecution contended that Kalra had made “crores of rupees” by inducing the needy public to believe that his oxygen concentrators were “premium”, “German” and “sufficient for two persons”.

Relying on a report from Sriram laboratory, the prosecution asserted that the sample oxygen concentrator had come out as having “poor quality” and were “not working”.

Kalra, on the other hand, claimed that he was being “framed” based on content on social media and was made a scapegoat to divert attention from more pressing issues.

It was submitted that the oxygen concentrators seized from his restaurants were authenticated and properly imported, and were sold after raising invoices.


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