New Delhi: Adjourning the bail application of a Nigerian national, who allegedly cheated an Odia woman, the Supreme Court Friday directed the petitioner’s counsel to provide the documents to the state counsel for verification.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit adjourned the matter to September 7.
During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the petitioner sought bail on the basis of parity. He argued in the court that the co-accused in the case has been granted the bail.
However, the state counsel objected saying that the petitioner has not filed the details of judgment where the co-accused was granted bail by Orissa High Court. “The document is necessary for seeking bail on the basis of parity,” said the state counsel.
The bench has directed the petitioner’s counsel to supply document to the counsel appearing for the state so as to enable him to verify. “Let him verify whether it is in respect of same case or not,” observed the bench.
Notably, the matter pertains to cheating a Bhubaneswar-based woman of over Rs 17 lakh by a Nigerian national.
The accused identified as Obinna Nicodemus Enweka along with his accomplice cheated a woman Sukanti Mohanty of Bhubaneswar to the tune of Rs 17, 03 390. The accused had come in contact with the complainant over social media and developed friendship with her. They later started asking her for money in return of the gifts they claimed to have sent her.
The accused asked her to sent money in different bank accounts on the names of Praveen Agarwal, Pramod Singh and Saurabh Singh. They also misguided the woman with different identities.
A case was registered in this matter August 26, 2016 with the Cyber cell of Odisha Police and the accused were arrested by the Goa Police October 3, 2016 from New Delhi as a similar case was registered against them in Goa also. Currently, the accused has been lodged in Jharpada special jail.