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Bailable warrant issued against Delhi Assembly Speaker

A local court on Saturday issued a bailable warrant against Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel after he failed to appear before it in an alleged rioting case of 2008.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Sunil Kumar Sharma issued the warrant against Goel after he did not appear on Saturday even after the court’s direction on January 12. The police had chargesheeted 21 persons, including Goel, BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan (now Union Minister), Jagdish Mukhi and Aarti Mehra, in an alleged case of rioting and damaging public property during a protest by BJP activists at the CPI(M) office in central Delhi in March 2008. One of the 21 chargesheeted accused has since expired.

Goel, who later joined the Aam Aadmi Party, was elected Speaker of the Delhi Assembly on
February 23.

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