New Delhi, Apr 20: A court here on Monday issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against former Independent MLA Rambir Shokeen who was evading joining the investigation in the case in which his nephew and gangster Neeraj Bawana was arrested.
Special Cell of Delhi Police moved Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna with a plea seeking issuance of NBW against Shokeen.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Manishi Chandra told the court that they have given notices to Shokeen to join the probe but he has not yet participated.
Chandra said Shokeen's relatives have told the police that they do not know about his whereabouts.
After hearing the submissions, the court issued the NBW against Shokeen, returnable by April 29.
Meanwhile, gangster Amit Malik, alias Bhura, was produced in custody before the court after being brought from Patiala in Punjab and he was formally arrested by the Special Cell officers in connection with the case.
Later, he was remanded to police custody.
Earlier, the Special Cell had said that an AK-47 and an SLR rifle was allegedly recovered from Shokeen's property in outer Delhi's Bawana area at the instance of Neeraj Bawana. Shokeen had refuted the allegations and had claimed that he does not own any land in Bawana and there was a political conspiracy against him.
The former MLA had also demanded a CBI probe into the matter. According to police, the recovery of weapons was made from a plot, owned allegedly by Shokeen, at Bawana's instance after the gangster was arrested earlier this month.
Bawana has more than 40 cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion registered against him.
Various other alleged associates of Bawana were also arrested during the investigation. Police had alleged that the plot to free Bhura was hatched at Shokeen's office and after Bawana returned with the looted AK-47, it was the former MLA who had advised him to bury the weapons at his property.
Shokeen had won 2013 Delhi Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Mundka constituency and later joined Congress.