Court denies bail to accused in Katra helicopter ticket scam

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 7: Sub-Judge Katra Sandeep Gandotra today rejected the bail application of the accused in the alleged helicopter ticket scam.
According to the police report, on December 24, 2016 a complaint was lodged by Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board about unauthorized sale of heli tickets by various travel agents operating in Katra and elsewhere.
“The sale of heli tickets is the sole prerogative of the Shrine Board authorities and the Shrine Board has not authorized any person or agency to sell the helicopter tickets or Shrine Board accommodation at its own”, the complaint said, adding “the unauthorized agents are charging hefty amount from the pilgrims for providing helicopter tickets on Katra-Sanjhichat-Katra sector”.
To identify the persons involved and understand the modus operandi of such dubious websites and their operators, Shrine Board deputed a team of officers, which succeeded in establishing such illegal activity by a website namely Flight Raja.Com and its local agent Narinder Sharma (Contact No. 8803200620).
On the receipt of this complaint, Katra Police registered a case for offence under Sections 420 RPC.
After hearing both the sides, Sub-Judge Katra observed, “allegations against the accused/applicant are very serious and involves cheating of pilgrims coming to pay obeisance at the holy shrine”.
“The possibility of involvement of some prominent persons in this case cannot be ruled out at this stage. The court in such cases cannot pass order of blanket bail because the court cannot go beyond the statutory command of law more so when faith of general public is involved”, Sub-Judge said, adding “enlargement of accused on bail at this stage would scuttle the investigation and the accused may tamper with the evidence”.
With these observations, court rejected the bail application of Narinder Sharma.