The police custody of Ullas Prabhakar, an accused in the multicrore Stock Guru scam case, was today extended by a court here after Delhi Police said he has to be taken to Goa, Mumbai and Ratnagiri to recover documents, hard disks and other evidence.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pulastya Pramachala extended Ullas' police custody till November 24 while his wife and co-accused Raksha alias Priyanka was remanded in judicial custody till November 30.
While remanding Raksha in judicial custody, the court allowed her to take along her eight-month-old daughter in jail keeping in view the "peculiar age" of the child and her "requirement of care to be taken by the mother."
The duo were produced before the court by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Delhi Police.
The Investigating Officer of the case, Inspector Raj Kumar told the court that Ullas has to be taken to Mumbai, Goa and Ratnagiri to recover various property-related documents, bank accounts, laptops, hard disk containing information about the investors, wrist watches and other evidence at his instance.
He also told the court that the arrested couple was produced before a magisterial court on November 11, which granted Ullas' police custody till November 21 but since he has to be taken to various places and travelling would consume a lot of time, the custody needed to be further extended.
"From the case of the prosecution, it is revealed that the charges against accused persons are in respect of fraud pertaining to large number of investors.
"In these circumstances, keeping in view the distance of the places sought to be visited by the IO along with the accused for purpose of making recoveries in this case, accused Ulhas Prabhakar is remanded in police custody up to November 24," the court said.
Meanwhile, Ulhas' mother Kamal Kher also appeared before the court along with the couple's two other minor daughters, aged three and six years, seeking their custody from the court.
The children were brought here by the Delhi Police since at the time of arrest of the couple, no other family member was present to take the custody of the minors, necessitating the need for their grandmother to apply for their custody.
"This court has no jurisdiction to decide the custody of these two children, therefore, same is maintained as it is," the court said with direction to Kher to "appear before the Child Welfare Committee at Nagpur, Maharashtra, the place of her residence, in order to seek further orders from the competent authority."
The couple was arrested by EoW on November 10 from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra for allegedly duping around two lakh investors from seven states of nearly Rs 500 crore by promising them high returns through their firm M/s Stock Guru India dealing in stock market.
Ullas (33) from Nagpur, Maharashtra and Raksha J Urs (30) from Mysore allegedly assumed 14 different identities, seven each. They posed as doctors, investors, businessmen and ran several fraudulent firms.
The police said it has till date received 14,303 complaints in Delhi but during investigations found that there were about 2,05,062 investors who had invested Rs. 10,000 or more totalling an investment of about Rs 493 crore in M/s Stock Guru India.
It said a case was registered in 2010 but the duo managed to evade arrest by hiding in Moradabad, Dehradun, Alwar, Nagpur and Goa.