A local court on Friday remanded Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat, arrested in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, to 14-day police custody, while the former alleged she was slapped during her examination.
The two accused were arrested in Uttrakhand by Mumbai police earlier this month in connection with the “Bulli Bai” app which targeted Muslim women.
Singh, 18, and Rawat, 21, also filed their bail applications shortly after the Bandra suburb magistrate’s court remanded them in police custody for 14 days.
Metropolitan Magistrate Komalsing Rajput sent them to jail after being informed that Rawat had tested positive for coronavirus. Earlier this week, Vishal Jha, the first defendant arrested in the case, and the investigator handling the case had also tested positive for COVID-19.
The court was told by the prosecution on Friday that Jha and Rawat were being treated at a COVID-19 care center in the Kalina area of Mumbai, Jha’s lawyer Shivam Deshmukh said. The court has scheduled hearings on bail applications filed by the three defendants on January 17 and ordered the prosecution to file its response to their pleas by then.
During Friday’s hearing, Singh’s lawyer alleged in court that she was slapped during questioning. The magistrates’ court then asked the police to investigate the alleged incident. Mumbai Police have registered an FIR in the case following complaints filed by several women, who were targeted by the ‘Bulli Bai’ app. The app made public the contact details of several Muslim women, allowing users to participate in their “auction”.
The Delhi Police Special Cell, which also filed an FIR in the case, on January 6 arrested another defendant, Niraj Bishnoi, an engineering student from Assam, and claimed he was the main creator of the dubious app.