Mumbai:  A Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday adjourned the bail petition of stock broker Gautam Vora till May 4. Vora was arrested last week for allegedly helping murder accused Vijay Palande after he escaped from police custody, in the Arunkumar Tikku murder case.

Meanwhile, Vora has also filed another bail petition in sessions court which is expected to come up for hearing on Thursday, his lawyer Rajendra Sorankar said.

If the Magistrate does not decide his bail petition then we can press for his liberty in the sessions court, Sorankar said. Vora is accused of helping Palande, the main accused in the twin murders of Delhi-based businessman Tikku and consultant Karan Kakkad.

In the bail petition, Vora claimed that he was unaware of Palande's real identity. "I was introduced to Palande though Simran Sood (co-accused in the murders) as Karan Sood. Simran had claimed that Karan was her brother and I believed her," he said.

According to the police, after Palande gave police a slip on April 10, Vora helped him check into a hotel in South Mumbai. Vora also allegedly used his own credit card to buy clothes for Palande. Palande was rearrested on the same day.

(Agencies)

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