Bengaluru: A city court on Friday remanded gangster Ravi Pujari in Mumbai police custody for 10 days.

The custody was given following Mumbai police’s request that they need to produce him before a court there in connection with a 2015 Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) case, in which the gangster’s associates were arrested for allegedly conspiring to kill builder Raju Patil.

An official of the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai’s Crime Branch had requested the court, seeking Poojary’s custody, to furnish relevant documents.

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The request was made as Ravi Poojary is to be questioned in the answer charge hearing, in which he will be required to either plead guilty or not guilty.

The court has directed Mumbai police to take Poojary into custody before December 12, and to take necessary safety measures while taking him to Mumbai to avoid being infected by COVID-19.

The court added that if the accused were permitted to attend the proceedings, no harm would be caused to him. Following this, he ordered that Mumbai Police be allowed to take custody for 10 days.

In Mumbai, Pujari is accused in at least 49 cases. Of them, 26 have been lodged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Red Corner Notices have also been issued against him in at least 11 cases.